Bicentenary of The Regent's Canal

200 years old in 2020

What's On

The Regent's Canal was opened with some ceremony on 1st August 1820. In 2020 we celebrate this anniversary with a programme of events and exhibitions, both at London Canal Museum and other venues


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Industrial Islington

Until 3rd May Industrial Islington. An exhibition about the canal's industrial past in the London Borough of Islington. The focus is on the industry but also the people who lived and worked and played beside the waterway.

Regent's Canal 200

We are working on a fabulous new and large temporary exhibition based around a set of over 30 detailed plans of the canal made in 1850, recently discovered. More details in due course.

Islington Canal Heritage exhibition

Islington Museum

An exhibition about the history of The Regent's Canal in the Borough, 27th July to 24th October 2020

One-day events

Date Event Venue
18th March 2020 Special Event: Wildlife on London's Canals A joint event with King's Place. In the 200th anniversary year of the building of the Regent's Canal, discover the huge range of wildlife living within, beside and above Londonís canals and waterways. David Courtnedge works for the London Wildlife Trust as Officer for the pan-London Water for Wildlife project. This work involves running volunteer wildlife surveys, practical freshwater management and capital improvement works that focus on the restoration and naturalisation of Londonís waterbodies. David has expertise in dragonfly and freshwater ecology as well as riverine and freshwater enhancement techniques that benefit wildlife. See details and bookings page to book. London Canal Museum
27th March 2020 Special Event: Regent's Canal Quiz Night A joint event with London Historians Association. Doors open 1800 for a 1900 start to give time to brush up your knowledge as many of the questions will be on the history of The Regent's Canal and associated topics. Tickets £6. Cash bar available. See details and booking page to book. London Canal Museum
16th April 2020 A talk Smells Tastes and Sounds of the East End Canal - two centuries of history by Carolyn Clark, starting at 1830 Tower Hamlets Local History Centre.
27th June 2020 Special Event Regency Soiree celebrating 200 years of The Regent's Canal with a evening of Regency entertainment including dance demonstrations, sea shanties, a juggler. Snacks provided. Cash bar available. £20 (£18 concessions) See booking and details page to book. London Canal Museum
1st October 2020 Illustrated talk: City Road Basin by Giles Eyre London Canal Museum
3rd December 2020 Illustrated talk: Limehouse and its basin by Jeremy Batch London Canal Museum

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