On the River Weaver

WorkshopsOn the River Weaver

In 2019, the Danny offers half and full day experiences aimed at Key Stage 2 Primary pupils on board the Danny at our berths on the beautiful River Weaver. 

A full day includes:

  • History: Exploring the significance of the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Weaver; idetifying historic features on the Danny, discussing what has changed on the Danny and on the waterways in how they are used and who uses them
  • STEM: Exploring the engine room, seeing scientific principles being put to use to make the Danny work (forces, pulleys, levers, change of state, chemical change). 
  • Geography: Map reading, compass skills, treasure hunt, features of rivers
  • Art and Design: Sketchbook skills - exploring the environment texture, detail, outline and colour 
  • Literacy: Interview skills, short writing activities capturing the experience on board the Danny
  • Music (dependent on specific personnel, as based on live music): learn and perform songs relating to the history of the Danny and the science of steam; learn how a shanty worked; create your own song.

Above all, the day provides fun and immediate access to the great resource that is the Danny and equally to the great resource that is the expertise and experience of the volunteers. 

We provide a full itinerary and risk assessment for you to work from, as well as a learning pack including activities for the classroom before and after the visit in order to maximise the children's learning and enjoyment. We can also arrange classroom visits to present the context of the Danny or bring in handling objects to inspire the children's curiosity.

To enquire about dates or for more information, contact Learning and Participation Manager Cathriona Bourke at [email protected]


North Liverpool Docks Cruises

Our KS2 cruises through the North Liverpool Docks take the children on a voyage connecting the nineteenth century to the present day, and all in areas not accessible to the general public, on a vessel that runs on the same technology as in the Liverpool Docks over 100 years ago. Geography field trip skills, history and development of Liverpool Port and Docks, Liverpool's international trade connections all appear in a new and immediate way.

Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding, which subsidises 75% of the cost of these cruises in 2018, we are able to offer the cruises for £135 per class (Based on £4.50 per pupil). We have just six available, two a day between Tuesday April 17th - Thursday April 19th.

Workshops in Canning Dock

Our workshops in Canning Dock use the historic assets of the Danny - in particular the luxury saloons, based on the great ocean-going liners, and the engineering, so typical of the 19th and 20th century steam era in the history of the Liverpool Docks - to explore topics from the national curriculum in history and art and design in a very immediate experience for the children.

Workshops are available in the spring term between April 23rd - May 11th and in the autumn term between September 10th and September 21st and from October 15th. They last 90 minutes and cost £60. Topics are closely related to exhibitions in our partner museums - Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Museum of LIverpool, so that children can link their learning across a visit to multiple sites at the docks. For enquiries, contact [email protected]

Key Stage 1 children follow the teddy bear trail to find members of the (teddy) crew in the areas where they work, and play games and create a shanty about the jobs on board. Key Stage 2 children explore topics around the port of Liverpool from the 19th century to the present, and art and design on board ship, involving practical activities exploring Art Deco. The topics they explore in local history are complemented by visits to the Great Port Gallery in the Museum of Liverpool, and in art and design by a visit to the collection at the Tate, Albert Dock.

Booking Information

To enquire about a workshop or cruise for your schoolgroup, contact [email protected] or call 07575 197771


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