The Boat 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 BMS 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. Volunteer help is key to the success of these events. If you would like to help please contact us for further details.

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


9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December. NWM events. Christmas Cruises at £10 for adults and children.

Saturday 9th December. NWM event. Christmas Concert – Wirral Singers and Ringers. 7.30pm  Tickets £7.  Raffle prizes donated by Thorn Marine, Stockton Heath; Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres; The Galley, Ellesmere Port; Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port; Marks & Spencer; Cheshire Oaks; Chester Zoo and Port Sunlight Museum.

9th-10th December. NWM Event. Christmas at Porters Row

Friday 15thDecember.  BMS meeting. Interpreting Old Maps with Jonathan Pepler, the former archivist at the County Record Office, Chester. Followed by our Christmas Social meeting.

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December 2017- NWM Event. The Boaty Theatre presents Edith in the DarkJoin us in the dark…as Philip Meeks’ play explores the darker tales and also the darker side of celebrated children’s author, Edith Nesbit. Starts at 7pm.  Tickets £8.

 22nd-24th December – NWM Event – Chalice Productions present “The Nativity is Cancelled”.


Friday 19th January. BMS meeting. The story behind the superb film ‘Inland Waterways’ made for British Waterways in 1950. This will include a showing of the film and photographs taken during filming.  

Friday 16th  February. BMS meeting. Annual General Meeting, followed by an update on the ACE project by  Barry Green.

Friday 16th   March. BMS meeting. The Mersey Training Ships – an illustrated talk by Geoff  Topp, a former Mersey Pilot.

Friday 30th March (Good Friday). BMS meeting. Modern Freight Carrying by Water with David Lowe, Chairman of the Commercial Boat Operators Association (CBOA).

Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April 2018. NWM EventEaster Boat Gathering –    A flotilla of boats from Chester will launch the start of the weekend and boats will have the opportunity to moor in the recently opened upper basin.  The lively long weekend will include a fine folk programme combined with inspirational workshops, family and boat activities for all ages.  There will be the opportunity to have “Behind the Scenes” explorations of the boat store in Rossfield Road where the vessels raised from the top basin are being stored and worked on. There will also be the usual tours of the Lime Shed and the wider site.   For further details and to obtain a boaters entry form, please click on the link to the Canal & River Trust National Waterways Museum Easter web page – https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2018-03-30-easter-boat-gathering-2018.  This site will be updated as more information is confirmed.

Friday 20th  April. BMS meeting.  The History and Restoration of the Steam Tug Daniel Adamson. An update on the story of this vessel, built in 1903 as the Ralph Brocklebank  for the Shropshire Union Railway & Canal Company.

 Friday 18th  May. BMS meeting.  Peel Holdings and its Archive – Alexandra Mitchell, the Archivist for Peel Holdings will outline the history of the organisation. They are owners of the MSC, the Bridgewater Canal and other developments and docks in the north west and elsewhere.




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