As the new ‘project assistant’ for Window on the World at the National Waterways Museum, I thought I’d introduce myself and share my ‘first day’ experience with you...
I’m Lisa, I’m a recent Cultural History graduate and I absolutely cannot wait to work on this fascinating new Heritage Lottery Fund restoration project here in Ellesmere Port. I’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest Window on the World news and developments as they occur…
Since finishing my Masters last December, I’ve been determined to land a position in the notoriously competitive heritage sector. I’ve visited the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port since I was a child (I’ll never forget my first ‘role’ here, dressing up as ‘Mrs Berry’ in Porter’s Row cottages when I was eight years old!), so to get a real job at the museum as a graduate is an amazing opportunity for me to put my skills and knowledge to good use.
My first day has been anything but dull and boring; I really do feel incredibly privileged to play a pivotal role in the development of such an exciting and inspiring project and I cannot wait to witness the plans in action! As a self-proclaimed history geek and a born and bred Ellesmere ‘Portite’ (this is genuinely a word we young locals use to describe ourselves - yes, really!) I am eager to delve into the history of my little hometown, and hopefully encourage others to enjoy learning about the Port’s historical significance as much as I do.
The view from my office is pretty special; I can see some visitors exploring the Museum, some canal boats adorned with jolly designs in bright and bold colours and the historic Toll House. This combined with beautiful pale blue skies makes it somewhat idyllic – a world away from my previous office-based jobs!
I was quite eager to explore some of the canal boat interiors today, but I thought it would be best to avoid any possibility of falling in the canal whilst attempting to board – not such a great impression to make on your first day in a posh new job, but it would be typical of ‘me’ to be so unbelievably unfortunate…I think I’ll save that for tomorrow!
That’s all for now, but be sure to keep visiting for updates about our exciting new project!
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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