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40 years anniversaryThe principal aim of the Boat Museum Society (BMS) is the preservation of the historic boats, skills, knowledge and way of life of the waterways. The society founded the Boat Museum (now the National Waterways Museum) in Ellesmere Port, which it continues to actively support.

One of the major activities of the society’s members is to work as volunteers to support the museum in all day to day administrative and operational activities on site. This includes assisting with the repair, restoration, and operation of the boats and engines in the museum’s collection.

Horses at Work and at War event, Sunday 14 August 2016 at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

This family day out celebrates the 200 years when Britain’s canals were powered by horses, and there are plenty of activities:

  • The 90 year-old horseboat Gifford will be horsedrawn along the canal and back.
  • Boathorses had very traditional harnesses which will be demonstrated by Sue Day of the Horseboating Society.
  • A farrier will give a shoeing demonstration outside the smithy.
  • There will be pony rides by the Parkgate Pony Sanctuary’s rescued ponies.
  • Historical presenter Kate Vigurs will give short performances bringing to life stories of horses in the First World War.
  • Always very popular are the wagonette rides, pulled by two fine horses. The tour, with expert commentary, goes right round the historic dock area crossing two swing bridges and including the South Pier, the lighthouse and the surviving old part of Dock Street.
  • Traditional canal crafts will be demonstrated in the Island Warehouse.
  • The Waterways Archive will be open to visitors.
  • And all the Museum’s regular exhibitions and attractions, including the trip boat, will be there to enjoy.

Gifford horseboatingThe National Waterways Museum is at junction 9 of the M53 motorway.

SatNav CH65 4FW. Phone 0151 355 5017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated 16 June 2016

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