Whilst restrictions related to coronavirus remain in place, there are no physical events in the museum. The museum is currently closed to visitors - see Admissions Page.
Our programme of illustrated talks, on the first Thursday evening of each month, continues online and will remain online until we are able to resume illustrated talks in the museum and audiences are happy to come to them. Some of our Illustrated Talks are available to watch again on YouTube (youtube.com/canalmuseum. Usually the talks are also broadcast live on Facebook (facebook.com/canalmuseum). The Zoom link for each talk will be added to this page around 3 to 4 weeks before the event.
Availability of speakers and technical issues could result in late changes to the programme
Holiday activities for children are suspended until at least Easter 2021.
We hope to re-start a programme of guided tunnel boat trips in May 2021 but this will only be possible once social distancing is no longer required.
|All dates||Talks will resume in the museum when possible. Until that becomes possible and a realistic option, talks will be held online using Zoom. Like everyone else, we are unable to say when we will be able to resume meetings in the museum.|
|4th March 2021||Illustrated talk: The Shroppie by Peter Brown. Peter's book on the Shropshire Union Canal, known as the "Shroppie" offers a detailed history of the waterway that linked Birmingham to the Mersey. It was seen as the new 'fast' route. Peter will explain the history and detail the route and the traffics that it carried. Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NJfKoE1hQc-rAY9L-ScEuw|
|1st April 2021||Illustrated talk: The Manchester Ship Canal by Richard Thomas. This presentation examines the history, building, development and rise and fall and subsequent rise again of the largest man-made waterway in England. We travel eastwards in Victorian times to follow the creation of the canal and then board a Mersey ferry to Liverpool for the return journey."|
|6th May 2021||Illustrated talk: Waterway Park for All - the Bedford to Milton Keynes Link by Steve Ashley. The idea of linking the Grand Union Canal, by a new 'cut', to the Great Ouse at Bedford has long been mooted. Steve explains how this project now might be achieved and details the local groups' plans to bring this about.|
|3rd June 2021||Illustrated talk: Raymond by Nick Lake of the Friends of Raymond Trust. The presentation explains how Raymond came to be the last wooden working narrow boat . It tells the story of her life before and after being saved and rebuilt by The Friends of Raymond.|
|1st July 2021||Illustrated talk: Saving the Stratford Canal by Dr. Roger Squires. One of the early IWA campaigns was to get the northern Stratford Canal reopened. Tom Rolt led the charge. A second was to get the southerm Stratford Canal restored. David Hutchins was the leading light, with Robert Aickman providing the political contacts and smoothing the way. This talk details both restoration campaigns.|
|2nd September 2021||Illustrated talk: Exploring Thames Creeks by Simon Judge. An opportunity to see some of the features of the navigable Thames creeks. Simon gives us a guided boat trip in pictures around them.|
|5th August 2021||Guided walk subject to confirmation, from the museum to Camden Town. Departs at 1830.|
|7th October 2021||Illustrated talk: Braunston - canal age transport hub by John Pomfret. The canals crossroad which provided a hub for the network. Braunston was the home of many canal people.|
|4th November 2021||Illustrated talk: Foodie on French Canals Di now spends most of the year on French canals. She and her partner travel along French waterways using their boat as the base to provide tuition about enjoying French cuisine. She will tell us about this lifestyle.|
|2nd December 2021||Illustrated talk: South of the River, London's Cradle of Power by Jeremy Batch. The world's most powerful warship, a high voltage power station, the largest palace in Europe, an observatory, Naval college, London's first steam railway, and London's own nuclear reactor have all - at one time or another - been found along the south bank of the Thames in Greenwich, Woolwich and Deptford. Jeremy will tell us about these and many other 'firsts'.|
|6th January 2022||Illustrated talk: Port of London Authority Freight Update by James Trimmer. James is responsible at the Port of London Authority for the development of freight on the River Thames. Over recent years new port developments have provided the opportunity to increase traffic on London's waterways. James updates us on progress.|