What's on at the London Canal Museum

Walks, talks, boat trips, and more

What's On

There is plenty going on at London Canal Museum. We have regular monthly illustrated talks in the evening, aimed at adults with an interest in industrial heritage and canals. We have a programme of towpath walks in spring summer and autumn, and summer boat trips through the long Islington Tunnel on certain dates. We have occasional special days of activities for families or adults. We also occasionally offer roses and castles painting courses, and other events.

Illustrated Talks

Illustrated talks are held at 7.30 pm, on the first Thursday of each month except August. Most speakers illustrate their presentations with photographs. The museum is open 1000 to 1930 on the first Thursday of each month. Admission to talks and museum is charged at the usual museum admission charges. The programme is given below. In the event of any last minute changes to lectures or other events the site will be updated if sufficient notice is available.

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A short narrowboat entering the mouth of Islington Tunnel on one of our guided tours.

Temporary Exhibitions

Full List of Events

Date Event
March 2018 events
1st March 2018 Illustrated talk: The Thames Tidal Defences by Nathan Ellis of the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency has the responsibility of protecting London from flooding. The Thames Barrier is just one element in that overall protection plan. Nathan will look at the history of and future plans for that defence. He will offer an introduction to the past, present and future of the Thames Barrier and its associated gates, tidal walls, and embankments.
April 2018 events
5th April 2018 Illustrated talk: Canal People by Tony Conder. Tony will call on his experience of 25 years at the helm of the National Waterways Museum, then at Gloucester, to tell us about the lives of those who worked on the canals, the boatmen, and the canal managers.
11th April 2018 Watery Wednesday A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12, including short boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges. Today's theme: Ice Cool Activities. Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children £4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges.
May 2018 events
3rd May 2018 Illustrated talk: The New River, by Richard Thomas. London's first major man-made waterway, the New River was constructed by the New River Company in 1607 to bring fresh water from the natural springs near Ware and Amwell to London. This amazing water channel now feeds the London Water Ring Main.
30th May 2018 Watery Wednesday A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12, including short boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges. Today's theme: Back in time on the canals Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children £4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges.
31st May 2018 Guided Canal History Walk A guided walk for London History Day from the museum to Camden Town, led by a museum guide. Explore the living history of the canal and all the reminders of the past that can be seen as you walk. Adults £7.50, concessions £6 including museum entry beforehand. Walk departs at 1500 and arrives at camden Town at approximately 1630. Book this event online when bookings open.
June 2018 events
7th June 2018 Illustrated talk: The East End's Canals - Local Voices by Carolyn Clark. During 2015-16, a Heritage Lottery part funded project with Laburnum Boat Club gathered information from local people and resources about life on and by the Regent's and Hertford Union Canals. The work culminated with the East End Canal Festival (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KJkf9tvF3g†) †This presentation is based on the findings with new photos and information. †Carolyn Clark is the Community Historian who led the project. Whilst many historians have studied the social history of those who lived afloat, Carolyn's project explored a rarely-considered topic: the social history of those who lived and worked on and beside the canals in the inner city, and local peoples' relationship with the waterways. The results were an unusual insight into an aspect of canal history that has generally not been studied, and they were fascinating.
July 2018 events
5th July 2018 Illustrated talk: Freight on Waterways by John Pomfret. John will talk about the history of freight carrying on waterways and the current situation in the UK, using case study examples on the Humber, East Coast, Thames, Severn and Mersey based waterways, followed by a comparison with continental Europe.
August 2018 events
1st August 2018 Watery Wednesday A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12, including short boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges on a canal theme. Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children £4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges.
2nd August 2018 Guided towpath walk to Camden Town departing at 1830
8th August 2018 Watery Wednesday A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12, including short boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges on a canal theme. Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children £4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges.
15th August 2018 Watery Wednesday A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12, including short boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges on a canal theme. Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children £4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges.
22nd August 2018 Watery Wednesday A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12, including short boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges on a canal theme. Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children £4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges.
September 2018 events
6th September 2018 Illustrated talk: The Tideway Tunnel by Nick Tennant. The project has been under way for over a year. Nick will explain the background and update us on tunnelling progress for this major infrastructure project.
October 2018 events
4th October 2018 Illustrated talk: The Uttoxeter and Caldon Canals by Steve Wood. Steve will tell us about the Caldon Canal and the plans that are afoot to re-open part of the Uttoxeter Canal near the head of navigation.
24th October 2018 Watery Wednesday A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12, including short boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges on a Halloween theme. Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children £4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges.
27th & 28th October 2018 The Amazing Halloween Experience in partnership with Camden Canals and Narrowboat Association. Enjoy a ghostly cruise through a long dark canal tunnel and beware of the frights! In the museum, enjoy face-painting, ghost story telling, and lots of lights and decorations. Pricng and timetable to be announced for 2018. Event runs 1530-2145.
November 2018 events
1st November 2018 Illustrated talk: The Shrewsbury and Newport Canals by Brian Nelson. Brian will tell us about the history of these canals and the features on them. He will outline the progress being made towards their restoration.
December 2018 events
6th December 2018 Illustrated talk: Islington Tunnel by Lester Hillman. Lester will tell us about the dramas of the building and subsequent operation of London's longest canal tunnel, the Islington Tunnel of The Regent's Canal.

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