11. Water and Locks

Controlling water

Model lock forefront with exhibition behind

What is the difference between a canal and a river? Where does the water come from? How does a lock work? These questions and many more are answered by our exhibition. Try your hand at working a boat through our model lock, see how a paddle works, see real paddles and learn about London's two big canal reservoirs.

Also on the first floor is an area devoted to temporary exhibitions. These change at least once a year and cover a variety of topics which may be directly related to our main topics or sometimes ancillary subjects.