Maritime Roadshow for Girls

We are now accepting school applications for the upcoming 1851 Trust Maritime Roadshow for Girls.

Please contact if you would like to bring a group of 11-13 year old female students to any of the following roadshow dates:

Event Dates:

  • Portsmouth – INEOS Team UK Headquarters – 11th October
  • Swansea – National Waterfront Museum – 12th November
  • Plymouth – National Marine Aquarium – 14th November
  • Blackpool – Fleetwood Nautical Academy, Fleetwood – 18th November
  • Liverpool – HMS EAGLET– 20th November
  • Newcastle – HMS CALLIOPE, Gateshead – 22nd November
  • London – HMS PRESIDENT – 3rd December
  • Dover – Dover Port Cruise Terminal-2 – 5th December
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland – Belfast Port Harbour Office – 21st January
  • Edinburgh – HMS SCOTIA, Rosyth – 23rd January


It is widely accepted that there is a forecast shortage of skilled STEM workers. In addition, women are significantly under-represented in technical and engineering careers, and the gender divide is clearly seen in school subject choices.

In order to inspire more young women to pursue STEM subjects, the 1851 Trust are running 10 Maritime Roadshow for Girls aimed at girls in Years 7 & 8 to help them make informed subject choices ahead of their GCSEs.

During each Roadshow day 120 girls take part in a multi-activity day, combining;
*Investigation Zone – Hands-on exhibits based on America’s Cup technologies and other STEM based activities
*Inspiration Zone – A ‘speed dating’ style sessions between small groups of female students and female STEM employees from participating companies.
*Growth Mindset Workshop – Girls will explore the principles of the Growth Mindset to develop their own ‘I can’ attitude.
*My Skills My Life Workshop – Girls participate in a workshop to identify their skills and link them to female role models in STEM.
*Wings and Sails Workshop – Working in teams to create their own sails and testing them in the wind tunnel
*Panel Discussion – Girls take part in an informal, panel conversation between inspirational female role models about their own inspirations, career journey, challenges and rewards.

Aims of the day:
• To increase participation, contribution and confidence of girls in STEM subjects at school.
• To introduce girls to positive and inspiring female role models.
• To empower girls to make informed choices about potential further education and career paths.
• To inspire girls to continue studying STEM subjects beyond Key Stage 3.

How to support:

We are looking for volunteers and role models at all dates to support our National roadshows. STEM Ambassadors will be key to the success of the day. There are a number of roles to help support the activities during the day including:

*Supporting the girls to try the hands-on, STEM based activities and workshops

*Taking part in a ‘speed-dating’ style networking session. The girls will have pre-prepared questions to ask you about your background, current STEM role and future aspirations. You will call upon your career pathway and training to engage the students and showcase the different pathways towards a STEM career within the Maritime sector.

*Assisting with the Skills and Growth Mindset workshops

*Partaking in a panel discussion; bringing insight from your chosen role and challenging preconceptions of women in STEM and Maritime careers

*General event support; we need all hands-on deck to move groups between the various workshops and stick to the tight schedule

Please contact us via if you would like to support any of our national events.

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