National Science & Engineering Week

18th - 21st March 2014

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A tradition for 14 years

Every year since the first event in 2000 (pictured below) we have held workshops for schoolchildren which have taught exciting science in an enthralling way. Feedback from teachers has been excellent and in most years we have been obliged to turn some schools away due to being over-subscribed. Usually, each all-day session has places for 60 children. They are divided into three groups of 20 and take part in three activities in turn. Past activities have included:

National Science Week 2000 - children making bridges from canes and elastic bands

Boat with school party on board in front of Islington Tunnel portalSandford Award Winners' Logo

We are proud to hold the Sandford Award for standards in museum education, from the Heritage Education Trust.

NSEW March 2014
Tunnelling under Islington

National Science Week LogoThis popular programme returned for its twelth year to celebrate National Science & Engineering Week.

This programme is suitable for Year 5 & 6 pupils. They will enjoy a day of practical workshops and a boat trip along the Regent's Canal. In one workshop they will find out how the Islington tunnel was built on the canal and build model tunnels. In the second workshop they will find out why boats float and how to measure the amount of cargo on boats. The day covers aspects of the KS2 science curriculum Sc4 Forces and Motion as well as parts of the history curriculum focussing on the local area.


There is space for a maximum of 60 pupils and at least 8 adults each day (usually 2 school classes)


From 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. (approximately).


London Canal Museum, N1 9RT Travel Information. Location Map

Dates 2014


£4.00 per child. Accompanying adults are free. Price includes:

How to book

Contact Cathy Simpson, Education Officer at London Canal Museum, by e-mail to

If calling the museum's main enquiry number please note that staff will pass on a message to the Education Officer.

Places will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The timetable and further details will be sent with your booking confirmation.

Canal scene illustration