Canal and River Trust Birmingham
Students from Perry Beeches The Academy visited the Canal and River Trust in Birmingham and spent the morning on board ‘Swift’ – a 1933 narrowboat that is in full working order moored behind the NIA in the City Centre. The students and staff were welcomed by a team of very enthusiastic volunteers. The students board the ‘Hold’ of the boat and learned about large cargoes that were carried through Birmingham. They discovered how they were loaded onto the boats to prevent sinking. Students were taught the difference between canals and rivers and how they were built, who built them and how. Students were shown how to operate locks and use a ‘windlass’ a tool that you need to open and close the paddles on locks to get up and down the canal. The sun shone and it was a very informative morning.