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The Boat Museum Society

About the BMS

The roots of the National Waterways Museum lie back in the 1970s with a group of enthusiasts, initially the North West Museum of Inland Navigation, later The Boat Museum Society, who worked to set up the museum and begin the boat collection there. 

Today the Boat Museum Society continues to be based at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port. Its members are closely involved in developing and running the museum, and in particular the BMS provides vital help with training, supporting and co-ordinating volunteers.

A particular focus for the Society is researching, restoring and exhibiting the working craft of the British canal and river network, and demonstrating their proper use.

The Boat Museum Society is passionate about preserving some of the professional skills of the people who built, used and maintained these boats.


Membership brings a range of benefits;

  • year-round programme of lectures and social events
  • free entry to the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
  • regular newsletter keeping members up to date with Society and Museum news, and including historical articles and waterways research
  • enjoyable and rewarding volunteering opportunities and training, both at the Museum and around the country.

 To find out more visit the Boat Museum Society website.

  BMS logo.




 BMS volunteers and narrowboat Shad.

 Two of the BMS volunteer team.





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