Leaving a legacy for learners

One of the aims of this Heritage Lottery Funded project was to highlight the importance of the museum, originally the largest inland dock system in the UK, transferring raw materials to the industrial heartlands of Birmingham and Manchester; and finished products around the world.

National Waterways Museum

The current phase of the Window on the World project is nearing its end.

My name is Lucinda and I joined the learning team at the National Waterways Museum for the last few months of this project.

I have worked in museum education for twelve years and love finding new ways to interpret unique collections, making them accessible for families and students and facilitating new learning and skills. Each new project brings new challenges and this has been no exception.

Items within the National Waterways Museum collection that I have been tasked with bringing to life include Mossdale, the last remaining all wooden Mersey flat and our newly refurbished patent slipway opened in July. 

I was given a number of objectives:

  • Create a schools workshop giving learners an opportunity to visualise the museum as a window on the world.
  • Devise a family activity which would increase understanding and visitor flow around the museum.
  • Host a teachers professional development evening whilst promoting the opportunities available at the museum.

All objectives are on course for success. Keep an eye out for blog updates and find out how our work will leave a legacy for learners for years to come.

Last date edited: 22 November 2016

About this blog

National Waterways Museum

The National Waterways Museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of artefacts that tell the story of Britain’s canals and navigable rivers over the last 300 years. With sites at Ellesmere Port and Gloucester, the museum holds over 12,000 historic objects and 68 historic boats and is designated by the Arts Council England as of national importance. The National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port is also home to the Waterways Archive including over 100,000 papers, drawings photographs, plans and books relating to the waterways – a vital part of our national cultural heritage.


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