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 on occasional dates, 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
January 2019
3rd January 2019 Illustrated talk: Grain Trade to Coxes Mill by Di Murrell. Tam and Di Murrell operated a pair of narrowboats carrying lime products for Roses marmalade. They then turned their attention to transporting grain by barge from Tilbury to Coxes Mill on the Wey Navigation. This was the last commercial traffic on the Wey. Eventually they operated three coasters in and around the Thames estuary. Di will tell us of their trading exploits.
Febuary 2019
7th February 2019 Illustrated talk: The Derby and Sandiacre Canal by Chris Madge Chris, from the local restoration group, will tell us about the Derby and Sandiacre Canal. This waterway, built by Benjamin Outram, was a broad canal linking the Erewash Canal and the Trent and Mersey Canal, opened in 1793. It was never nationalised and was abandoned in 1964. He will explain its history and the recent attempts to revive some of the line.
17th February 2019 Roses and Castles Painting Workshop with our resident artist Trish Parrot, who will teach you the traditional skill of narrowboat decoration. 30 per person. See Roses and Castles Page for details and to book online.
March 2019
7th March 2019 Illustrated talk: The Shrewsbury and Newport Canal by Brian Nelson. Brian, from the local restoration society, will detail the history of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals. These were built in stages,initially from Shrewsbury to Donnington and subsequently extended, via Newport, to Norbury Junction, on the Shropshire Union Canal, in 1833 . There were two branches, linking with the old Shropshire Canal at Wappenshall. Brian will explain the history and what is being done to revive these old waterways.
April 2019
4th April 2019 Illustrated talk: The Thames River Police: Forefathers of Modern Policing by Martin Wells
May 2019
2nd May 2019 Illustrated talk: The Basingstoke Canal - Heros and Villains by Roger Cansdale
June 2019
6th June 2019 Illustrated talk: The Suez Canal by Dr. Roger Squires
July 2019
4th July 2019 Illustrated talk: World War Two - Women Canal Boaters by David Padfield
27th July 2019 Carlo Gatti's Birthday Programme to be announced
28th July 2019 Ice Sunday - the opportunity to descend into the ice wells arises occasionally. Details to be announced.
August 2019
September 2019
5th September 2019 Illustrated talk: To be announced
27th and 28th September 2019 OtherworldA London-wide festival of evening activities in museums and cultural venues. Details of the London Canal Museum programme to be announced in due course.
October 2019
3rd October 2019 Illustrated talk: Brindley and the Reading and Isleworth Canal by Victoria Owens
November 2019
7th November 2019 Illustrated talk: The Chelmer and Other Essex Waterways by John Pomfret
December 2019
5th December 2019 Illustrated talk: to be announced

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