Explorers volunteers work with children aged between 5 and 16 to teach them about the wonders of their local waterways. They will lead sessions for schools and uniformed groups such as cub scouts and brownies, both at the Museum and in schools. The sessions include everything from the Museum's new hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workshops to helping children to be safe by the water.
As well as fun learning activities and ideas for visits to the Museum the Explorers education programme offers free themed school assemblies and workshops. All activities and materials are linked to the National Curriculum.
David Wilkinson, our education coordinator says: "The National Waterways Museum is a fantastic venue for learning. We're looking for people who want to gain experience of working with school groups in a museum environment. Our team of education volunteers play a really important role in sparking children's imaginations, giving them an appreciation of their local area and its rich waterway heritage. We're also teaching them ways to stay safe by water."
Anna Birt has been volunteering since last summer. She's enjoying her role which encompasses subjects ranging from science to social history. She explains: “It's hard for the children to imagine how Gloucester Docks once were. So, by taking them out of the classroom and into the museum, we bring history vividly to life. I love seeing the children's reactions and their response to this fascinating world - I get so much out of volunteering here. You don't have to be an expert, just enjoy working with children. The Museum gives all the support, training and resources you need.”
We are looking for people who are confident and well organised to assist with organised school and group activities. The volunteers will ideally be able to give 3-4 days a month both within and outside term time.
Anyone wanting to get involved or find more information should contact David Wilkinson at [email protected]