Green Museum

A green place to visit, beside the canal


London Canal Museum was awarded bronze status membership of the Green Tourism for London scheme in July 2008, and silver status in November 2010 (Renewed in April 2012). Green Tourism for London is part of the nationwide Green Tourism Business Scheme, the largest accreditation scheme of its kind for tourism businesses.

Visitors By Bike

Information has been added to our website about the locations of the nearest cycle hire stations now that London has a cycle hire scheme in operation

We will shortly be installing fixed but retractable hooks at the base of the horse ramp to provide safe storage for visitors' cycles during their visits. nThis will provide a much-improved facility for those visiting by boke but who are cautious about the risks of outdoor storage.


Green Tourism for London logo - silverTrack with lamps mounted on ceiling, display of notices lit on wallAlmost all the lighting in the museum is now LED lighting. The only exceptions are a few coloured bulbs for short-term use and a very small number of CFL bulbs that have somehow refused to fail. We do not replace working bulbs as that might waste more energy than it saves.


In 2017 we replaced the worn-out gas heating system with a pair of heat pumps mounted on the roof of the building. These provide all the main heating for the whole building and are enclosed in an accoustic enclosure that ensures there is no loud noise caused. Electric heating is sparingly used as a top-up when needed.


We are steadily increasing the proportion of our purchasing that is recycled or otherwise environmentally-friendly.


We make use of Islington Council's recycling scheme for charities, and collect glass and plastic bottles, cardboard, paper, and cans for recycling. We have provided a public recycling bin on the first floor. This requires a bit of work to check that non-recyclables have not been put in it but it has enabled us to increase the amount we recycle.


We insulated our loft with a double layer of Eco-wool, a loft insulation product made from recycled plastic bottles that has no hazardous properties. The insulation improves curatorial care as well by reducing the variation in temperature in the rooms below.

double layer of insulation in loft

Canal Ecology

Our education service includes a number of lesson plans and workshops teaching children about the ecology of the canals which are, although man-made, now an urban haven for a good deal of wildlife.


The Trust's Council of Management has approved a formal Environment Policy. This is available online.