The Waterways Museum Society meets monthly from September through to May, usually in the Rolt Centre at the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port.
Meetings range from talks, films and lectures by experts in various waterway topics to more informal social events.
Everyone is welcome at WMS meetings – you do not need to be a member of the society. These meetings start at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated.
WMS meetings, 2019 – 2020
13th September – Origins of Ellesmere Port, 1795 to 1850. A talk by local historian Judith Beastall. Please note – this is the 2nd Friday of the month.
18th October – The Restoration of the Uttoxeter Canal. An illustrated talk by Steve Wood
15th November – The construction of the replica Morton’s Patent Slip. An account of this volunteer project and its background, by project leader Brian Spencer.
20th December – The Christmas Social with our ever popular evening of short talks by Society members. Bring along a small contribution to the refreshments and Christmas cards for the card swap – save the postage.
17th January – Film evening ‘The Bargee’ starring Harry H Corbett, Eric Sykes and others.
21st February – AGM Update from the Canal & River Trust and the Museum. Speaker to be confirmed.
20th March – Braunston – canal age transport hub: A look at the history of canals in and around Braunston, Northamptonshire, in the wider context of the history of transport. A talk by John Pomfret
10th April (Good Friday) – Volunteering – with Ian McCarthy
Ian has been an active canal volunteer since his early teens and was actively engaged in forming the Waterway Recovery Group North. He is a long-standing WMS member and part owner of the Thomas Clayton motor, Spey. Ian is the elected representative for Volunteers on the CRT Council.
15th May – The effect of the Bridgewater Canal on the village of Moore from 1773. Its purpose, motive power – horses, steam packets to noisy Widdops and much more. An illustrated talk by local resident Alan Jones, a vice president of WMS.
The National Waterways Museum (NWM), Ellesmere Port, hosts various events throughout the year. All these events will take place at NWM, unless stated otherwise.
To find out what is happening at the National Waterways Museum visit their web site at this LINK.