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.

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

Temporary Exhibitions

Full List of Events

Date Event
October 2019
3rd October 2019 Illustrated talk: Brindley and the Reading and Isleworth Canal by Victoria Owens. Victoria is one of the leading experts on James Brindley. She has done much research into his works, including the projects he planned but was not commissioned to undertake. This scheme was aimed at improving navigation on the middle Thames. Various river improvements were subsequently organised by the Thames Navigation Commissioners.
13th October 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. All trips return to the museum. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
27th October 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. All trips return to the museum. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
November 2019
7th November 2019 Illustrated talk: The Chelmer and Other Essex Waterways by John Pomfret (of the IWA). The history of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation is an interesting case study. Here the private navigation company failed, and, to keep the navigation open, the Inland Waterways Association stepped in. Now the waterway is in good shape. Sadly the same cannot be said for some of the other Essex waterways .
December 2019
5th December 2019 Illustrated talk: Boston's Waterways by Simon Judge. Simon, during the past two years, has had his boat moored over winter in Ely and has explored the many waterways of the area, collectively called the Fens. He also has crossed the Wash, in both directions, and is planning another such trip next year. He will tell us of his various cruises in the area.
January 2020
2nd January 2020 Illustrated talk: London Canal Walks by Roger Wilkinson and Tim Lewis
February 2020
6th February 2020 Illustrated talk: The Bicentenary of The Regent's Canal by Lester Hillman
March 2020
5th March 2020 Illustrated talk: Changes of Level by Edwin Fasham
April 2020
2nd April 2020 Illustrated talk: The Manchester Ship Canal by Richard Thomas
May 2020
7th May 2020 Illustrated talk: The Bedford to Milton Keynes Waterway by speaker to be announced.
4th June 2020
2020 Illustrated talk: The Melton Navigation and Oakham Canal by Paul Dadford
July 2020
2nd July 2020 Illustrated talk: A Birmingham Canals Miscellany by Phillip Clayton
September 2020
3rd September 2020 Illustrated talk: The Tideway Tunnel by Jordan Newall
October 2020
1st October 2020 Illustrated talk: City Road Basin by Giles Eyre
November 2020
5th November 2020 Illustrated talk: The Erewash Canal by John Bayliss
December 2020
3rd December 2020 Illustrated talk: Limehouse and its basin by Jeremy Batch

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