Boat Care Volunteer - National Waterways Museum


Reference: OPP0004653

Activities: Marketing and promotion, Practical, Recording and monitoring, Working with visitors

Starts: Anytime

Closing Date: 31 May 2018

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We’re looking for more volunteers to help us care for our historic boats. Our boat collection is nationally significant and some are over 100 years old. Many are kept out of the water for preservation and we’ll be starting a new project to build our boat care skills for boats kept in the water. We’ll be focusing on two boats; Ilkeston and Basuto.

Ilkeston is a composite, horse-drawn, narrow boat – iron sides and a wooden bottom. She was built in 1912 by Braithwaite and Kirk of West Bromwich and worked for 33 years carrying cargoes on the canals.

Basuto is a Clyde puffer built in Glasgow 1902 but she spent much of her working life in the North West.


As a volunteer with the Canal & River Trust you will be making a massive contribution to the charity, often carrying out activities we would otherwise not be able to do.

This chance will give you the opportunity to do something new and different:
-raise your existing skill base and acquire new skills
-keep active, fit and motivated
-help care for a wonderful nationally important collection
-gain invaluable experience, great for your CV and employment prospects

Skills required

We need volunteers to help care for these boats. You will work with our existing boat care team to carry out a care and conservation programme approved by the Collections Manager. We’re looking for people who are:

* Committed and enthusiastic about the aims of the museum
* Willing to learn about museum principles and ethics
* Happy to work outside whatever the weather

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