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The London Canal Museum has a great deal to offer home educated children and their families.

The building in which the Museum is housed was constructed in the early nineteenth century as a warehouse for the storage of ice. The canal basin on which it stands was part of the Regent's Canal system, built to allow transhipment of cargoes brought to London in ocean going ships, which then needed to be carried inland to the rapidly growing industrial towns of the Midlands and North of England.

The collections include displays about the lives of the families who lived on their canal boats; the origins of, and changing land use around, Battlebridge Basin; lifting & weighing canal boat cargoes; canal art; Carlo Gatti and the trade in ice from Norway; the London canal system; the horses who were used to power the boats; the operation of locks; and the Regent's Canal. There is material here to interest children of all ages and abilities, especially those who are learning about:

Organisers of group visits are strongly encouraged to visit the Museum to see what is available, and discuss exactly what their educational needs are. It may be possible to organise a tailor-made session to fit in with your approach if enough children are working on similar projects. Alternatively, a wide range of educational activity sheets and lesson plans are available to download from the Museum's website.

If you would like advice before making a preliminary visit, please contact: education@canalmuseum.org.uk

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