Launch of Education Pack

Educational Resource Launched for Essex Schools








Education Pack

Following the receipt of a Grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Thames Sailing Barge Trust launched last week an Education Information Pack for Essex schools. The launch was held at the quarterly meeting of the Essex Primary Heads Association held in Chelmsford and attended by some 80 primary school heads.

The pack which has been put together by members of the Trust under the guidance of a former head teacher has been designed to provide a mixture of subjects linked to the curriculum, which will help pupils of all ages to learn about the history and development of the Blackwater River and Dengie area through the use of the iconic Thames sailing barge.

The fully illustrated packs contain 15 information sheets and a full bibliography to help teachers to deliver the subject matter. The A4 information sheets have been produced on laminated card  so are durable and are enclosed in a ring binder so that they can be removed if required. Each pack also contains a disc with the contents loaded as PDF files.

The Education Information Packs have been provided free to local Maldon and Dengie Primary Schools and copies are available to other head teachers on request to the Trust. Copies of the PDF files on CD are also free if schools would prefer to have the resource in this format.

David Gibson, Trustee of the Thames Sailing Barge Trust said:
‘One of the key aims of the Thames Sailing Barge Trust is to advance the education of the public and in particular young people as to the historic and cultural role of Thames sailing barges. Our ability to deliver this objective has been significantly strengthened by the Heritage Lottery award allowing us to develop and publish this Education pack. The Trust is also looking to provide an outreach programme to sailing clubs, local groups and heritage societies through visiting speakers.’ If anyone requires more details, these can be obtained by calling 07840 862685.

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust own two historic sailing barges, Centaur and Pudge. Centaur has recently been the recipient of a Heritage Lottery Grant, the funds being used towards the renewal of bottom timbers which dated back to 1895. She is also registered as an historic ship.

For further information about the packs, please contact: John Rayment at further information on the trust is available at







Launch by the Trust to the Essex Primary Heads Association

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