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.

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.

Ellesmere Port Local & Family History Society ( EPL&FHS) meetings are also held in the Rolt Centre starting at 7:30pm. Annual membership is £12 and visitors are welcome at £4 a meeting




Tuesday 18th – EPL&FHS – The 1939 Register and a personal story – presented by Carole Must.

Friday 21st – WMS –  Adventures of L’héritage – Boating in a converted ‘bunker boat’ in France, Belgium and the Netherlands – Cath & Mike Turpin

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th – NWM –  Hamlet – presented by Boaty Theatre Company. Starts at 7pm and tickets (£9.50) can be purchased from the museum reception or 0151 355 5017.

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Tuesday 9th – IWA – Trailboating with Wilderness OliveDerek and Jeanne Smith are keen trailboaters and share their experiences of cruising on the more remote waterways that “other boats can’t reach”. Their adventurous travels include much of the UK and Europe which should make for a fascinating evening.

Tuesday 15th –  EPL&FHS –  A talk on transport.

Friday 19th – WMS –  The Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation CompanyJonathan Pepler, formerly County Archivist for Cheshire, relates the story of this company told by its records held in The Waterways Archive.

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th – NWM –  Halloween Monster Mash – A Trick or Treat Promenade Performance presented by Boaty Theatre Company.

Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st – NWM –  The Tales We Tell by local authors Charlotte Barton and Tobey Gladman presented by the Boaty Theatre Company. Starts at 7pm and tickets are £7.50.


Sunday 11th – NWM –  Wonders of the West End, a musical extravaganza – Jane Hamlet and Jon Barton lead an impressive live choral performance of some of the UK’s most-loved musical theatre and light opera numbers.

Tuesday 13th – IWA –  Duncan Davenport of the Canal & River Trust – Duncan is Customer Operations Manager for Canal & River Trust, based at Northwich office. He will be updating us on the canal and river maintenance they are currently undertaking, as well as winter stoppages and repairing the Middlewich Breach which has been an enormous task.

Friday 16th – WMS –  Stuart Mills, the CRT Chief Investment Officer, with responsibility for the museum will explain his role within CRT and how he sees the position of the NWM within the organisation, the future of the Museum and the challenges & opportunities facing us all.

Tuesday 20th – EPL&FHS –  Commemoration of WW1 Centenary with a personal story.


Saturday 8th – NWM –  Christmas Concert – the Wirral Singers and Ringers return to the museum for an evening of musical enjoyment. Raffle prizes for the evening have been kindly donated by East Lancashire Railway, Lion Salt Works, Marks & Spencer, Morrison’s, The Galley, The Merebrook (Sizzling Pubs) and Chester Zoo.

Saturday 8th, 15th and 22nd; Sunday 9th, 16th and 23rd and Monday 24th – NWM –  Christmas Cruises – A cruise on Centaur, storytelling (with a touch of panto!), grotto, present, and drinks to follow.

Tuesday 11th – IWA – Terry Noland of the Wirral Community Narrow Boat Trust – Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust celebrated 34 years of operation in 2018. Terry will tell us about the boats and the groups of people that they bring out onto the waterways. This talk will be followed by mince pies, sherry and our bumper raffle!

Tuesday 18th – EPL&FHS –  A Last Testament. What’s in a will? – John Benson.

Friday 21st – WMS – The ever popular evening of short talks by members – to include the Christmas Social, with card swap, tombola. Contributions to ‘finger food’ refreshments welcome.



Friday 18th – WMS –  Film Evening to include the classic Painted Boats and early British Waterways promotional films.


Friday 15th – WMS – The AGM followed by a talk – The Slipway with Brian Spencer & Derek Speakman.


Friday 15th – WMS – Tug France-Hayhurst. The former River Weaver Trustees tug France-Hayhurst was built by WJ Yarwood in Northwich (YN 613) in 1938. Cathy Roberts describes its history, how she uses the boat and her visions for its future.


Good Friday 19th – WMS –   The way forward for the boat collection at the NWM. Margaret Harrison, Collections Manager.


Friday 17th – WMS –  Adventures in the Lime Shed – Management of the Ellesmere Port large objects collection. Dave Russell





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