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
Sunday 9th July. NWM event. Ellesmere Port Bike and Boats Festival – To find out more click HERE.
13th May to 9th July. NWM event. Water, Locks & Linocuts by Eric Gaskell – To find out more click HERE.
Friday 2nd June until Sunday 21 July. NWM event. STILL / SWAY – Art Exhibition by Jim Cooke – To find out more click HERE.
Sunday 13 August. NWM event. Horses at Work – To find out more click HERE.
Friday 15th September. BMS meeting. Hospital Barges in Northern France during WW1 – David Long wrote a superb article on this subect in the Waterways Journal Vol. 18 and will be eloborating on this BMS meeting of the 2017/18 season.
Tuesday 19th September. EPL&FHS meeting. Sex, Sin and Probate – John Benson, archivist at the NWM will give a talk at the first EPL&FHS meeting of the 2017/18 season.
Friday 20th October. BMS meeting. Our popular Members’ Evening at which we have short talks by BMS members. Sure to be varied and interesting.
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.
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.