The National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, is sited on the banks of the Mersey, overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal and the city of Liverpool on the far side of the estuary. It occupies a seven-acre site that was originally a thriving canal docks that were still in use as late as the 1950s. They were an incredibly self-contained world and when you visit the museum today you can still walk round its locks, docks and warehouses and visit its working forge, former stables and workers cottages seemingly crystalised in time. You can marvel at the collection of many different and unlikely types of boat - from a thousand year-old log boat to a concrete barge, a coracle to a steam powered dredger... This is a wonderful corner of our heritage - well worth a visit - why not bring your family along for the day while you attend the workshop?
Accessibility: There is designated parking; level access to all galleries and displays and to the cafe and shop; and lift access to the main exhibitions. The classroom we use in the conference centre is accessible by lift. Some of the pathways around the complex are cobbled, stepped or uneven, but much of the site is accessible by wheelchair. There is a downloadable plan of the museum site on their website showing the extent of these paths.
PLEASE NOTE: The café at the the Museum is currently closed for refurbishment until 1 April, so you will need to bring a packed lunch.
The museum provides a wealth of photographic material which is especially useful for students with an interest in'a0detail and abstract photography.