Activity Sessions



NARROWBOAT DECORATION
A creative activity using art to teach the crafts, customs and social history of the boat people. Children decorate a full size reproduction of a cabin with items that they have made in the activity. Links to KS1 and KS2. Also recommended for and enjoyed by special needs groups.

CLOTHES AROUND THE CUT
A lively learning experience using costumes, the Museum's boats, period cottages and artefacts enabling children to become characters from the past, (including Toby the canal horse). Links to 12 KS1 topics and KS2, SU3A and 3B.

CORACLE WORKSHOP
Participants design, construct, test and evaluate a model coracle made from various combinations of materials of their choosing. Links directly to KS2 and KS3 Design and Technology.

ARTEFACT HANDLING
This activity explores the process of acquiring, restoring, conserving and displaying artefacts, followed by mystery artefacts quiz handling session. Links to KS2 and KS3.

ROSES AND CASTLES
Teaches basic techniques of traditional canal art. Completed work may be taken home. Links to KS2 and KS3.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE DOCK
Uses primary source material to trace the development of the dock and industries linked to canals. Links to KS2 and KS3.

THE TIME DETECTIVES
An activity where children work in teams, investigating, handling and discussing themed artefacts, objects and clues which they use to form a time-line. Links directly to KS2 History and Geography.

Tours


Infant

Children visit the blacksmith in his forge, learn about canal horses and experience family life in a narrowboat cabin. Links directly to 8 KS1 history topics. Lasts approx. 45 minutes.

Junior

Aimed at older primary children this tour traces the history of canals, their economic development and the social history of the Canal People. Links directly to KS2 History SU3A. Lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Senior

An introduction to the history of the dock, the canals and their links with Britain's industrial past. Links directly to KS3 History SU3. Lasts approximately 45 minutes.

 

Boat Cruises 

Travel on Centaur, a purpose built all weather passenger boat with a live commentary telling about the boats, industries and people from this 200 year old canal port.