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


Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October. NWM event. Chalice Productions present The Witches.

Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st October. NWM event. Chalice Productions present Edith In the Dark.

Tuesday 14th November. IWA. Chantelle Seaborn DipFM, MRICS, FCIH is the North West Area Manager of the Canal & River Trust, base at Wigan.

Friday 17th November.  BMS meeting. Ian Rogers, the Executive Head of Customer Services for the Canal & River Trust will tell us about his role in the organisation. The National Waterways Museum comes under his jurisdiction.

Tuesday 21st November. EPL & FHS meeting. Exploring Victorian Postcards with Linda Clarke, Local Studies Librarian.

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.

 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.


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 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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