What's on at the London Canal Museum

Walks, talks, boat trips, and more

What's On

Whilst restrictions related to coronavirus remain in place, there are no physical events in the museum. The museum is open to visitors on limited days every week - 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.

Illustrated Talks

Availability of speakers and technical issues could result in late changes to the programme

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

Temporary Exhibitions

Photo Competition

Enter our photo competition and contribute to an archive of pictures of the canal in its 200th year! Cash prizes to be won. See Photo Competition page.

Children's Holiday Activities

Holiday activities for children are suspended for the remainder of 2020. We hope to have a full programme in 2021.

Tunnel Boat Trips

We regret that there will be no boat trips in 2020

Full List of Events

Date Event
October 2020
1st October 2020 Illustrated talk: City Road Basin, Development and Evolution 1820-2019 by Giles Eyre. Opened in 1820, City Road Basin was conceived as a major transportation and distribution centre. Under subsequent competition from the development of railways, many carriers were replaced by industry. Eventually much of the Basin became the home of pharmaceutical development and manufacture. Largely derelict by the 1970s, plans were made to fill it in for housing. Giles shares his research and brings together images, many of which have rarely been seen, to illustrate the evolution of the Basin and surrounding area and the important businesses established there. The talk will be held online using Zoom. Free of charge. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6FXJ5o7hRMSATgUuHIVx2w
November 2020
5th November 2020 Illustrated talk: The Erewash Canal by John Bayliss. To be confirmed.
December 2020
3rd December 2020 Illustrated talk: Revolution at Limehouse: The Power of Water by Jeremy Batch. What connects Limehouse Basin, Tower Bridge, the USS Enterprise and a National Trust property in Northumberland? All made use of hydraulic machinery developed by Joseph Bramah, Sir William Armstrong and others, including the jigger (which is not a weevil), the hydraulic motor and the weight-loaded accumulator. To see working examples of Armstrong's hydraulic lifts you should visit Cragside (NT), his house in Northumberland, which was also the first in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. But at Limehouse Basin you can still see one of his hydraulic accumulator towers (one of the best surviving examples in Britain,) which once drove the cranes, capstans, lock gates and bridges of the Regent's Canal Dock. Likely to be held online.

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