Not quite the start to 2014 I had in mind!

My new year got off to a worrying start! I seem to have accidentally landed myself the role of 'chair' for the Education Resources Association – a group of Cheshire museum educators.

When the current chair resigned and asked for someone to step forward, the pressure in the room began to mount, no one knew where to look, I could feel eyes burning into me – and I buckled! I just can’t take the pressure . . .  and it’s only January!

On a more positive note, I and the volunteer team at Anderton Boat Lift have been getting out into schools with our 'Build a Canal' activity. We’ve had great fun with year three and four classes across Northwich, encouraging them to book onto some of our school activities at the museum. Thank you Jayne and Amy for all your help and enthusiasm!

Gloucester Waterways Museum explorers volunteers have been out and about learning from the volunteers at other museum sites. In January they visited the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port, had a boat trip, blacksmith demonstration, site tour and an opportunity to chat with the NWM explorers volunteers. A good day was had by all.

Those of you who follow us on twitter (@CRTExplorers) may have noticed that we’ve got some exciting new resources arriving at our Ellesmere Port site this spring. In partnership with Cheshire West and Chester, we have developed two sets of 30 Explorers backpacks. These are aimed at enabling both school children and families to better explore the museum site. One of the sets is all about exploring engineering, whilst the other focusses on social history. The packs contain practical activities children can do around the site along with the objects and resources they will need to complete the tasks. I can’t wait to try them out!

Finally, in my previous blog I hinted at a huge personal challenge I will be undertaking this year. I will be training for and (hopefully) completing two events;

  • The Dig Deep Intro Ultra (June) – a 30 mile, self-navigation fell race in the peak district
  • The Yorkshireman Off-Road Marathon (September).

Along the way I will be entering shorter events in an effort to prepare for these challenges – starting with Congleton Cloud 9 Hill Race in March - eek!

I will be posting regular updates in my blog, along with (probably very unflattering) photos of my progress! Anyone want to join me? Go on, you know you want to!

Last date edited: 27 January 2014

About this blog

Helen Evans is the learning officer for our museums and attractions. She joined the National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port) in 2010, following eight years of secondary school teaching. Helen lives in Macclesfield and is a keen long distance runner, competing for Macclesfield Harriers.

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