Coronavirus closure

Information and things to do

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The museum is now closed due to the epidemic of coronavirus. Keep watching this page for updates on what we're doing online, and things to do at home.

Closure of museum

The museum is at present closed due to the coronavirus emergency. We are planning to open on Fridays and Saturdays only from 17th July. We hope to add Sundays to the schedule sometime in August.

Some of our services are still available:

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Museum team members (except Education Officer) are working from home and can be contacted by e-mail as usual or you can e-mail info@canalmuseum.org.uk

The museum's telephone number will be answered by a recorded message and will not take messages so please contact us by e-mail.

Events Online

There will be an online talk on the first Thursday of the month at 1930.

Online events are listed with links to join on our What's On page

Explore Hanwell Locks Online

Take a detailed online tour of London's longest flight of eight locks (including two Norwood Locks) in our new online tour, including contemporary and archive pictures and explanations for the curious. Find out about strange red doors, mysterious side ponds, and the forbidding early 19th century Lunatic Asylum that dominated the scene for many years and had its own dock. An armchair view of one of London's most interesting canal locations and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. See the exhibition here.

Explore the Exhibition Industrial Islington

This exhibition was displayed in the museum for a short while before the closure and has now been moved to be online. It is the work of community historian Carolyn Clark who has researched the stories of people who lived and worked beside The Regent's Canal in Islington and further east. It is canal history with a difference. It is social history, but not of the much-studied canal boat dwellers, but the rarely-considered industrial workers and local residents who worked and played beside the canal in the last days of commercial carrying. The exhibition also reminds us of some of the industries that have vanished from London, many of which depended on the canal originally for transport. Ten pages of fascinating pictures, stories, and canalside history - free of charge online. Go to Industrial Islington Exhibition.

Explore 12 London Canal Museum objects at home

Our museum guide book is called "London Canal Museum in 12 Objects". Download this free family activity guide and find out about the 12 objects using resources online from our website and other websites. Interesting for adults as well as educational and fun for children.

Download 12 objects at home activity (PDF format)

Follow our updated blog

We've revived a blog on the popular blog-site Tumblr and we're using it to post features of interest about canals, the ice trade, and more. We'll be gradually adding things to this, contributed by members of the museum team. The first posting is about penny licks. If you don't know what a penny lick is now is the time to find out!

London Canal Museum Blog

The Ice Well Camera

You can still explore one part of the London Canal Museum by using our controllable camera, underground in the ice wells. There have been technical problems with this for some time since the museum website was upgraded to use the secure https protocol but we have now got things going again using a server that doesn't use https - but rest assured, does not ask you for any information at all or place cookies on your computer.

Ice well camera page

Free Zoom Backgrounds

Many of us are using video conference systems for meetings and chats, and Zoom is one of the most popular. Cover up that untidy room and set an attractive canal scene as your background picture. Pick one of 12 London canal scenes on our Zoom Backgrounds page.