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 in spring summer and autumn, 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.

Events coming soon

Narrowboat departing, brick-buildt traditional warehouse to rear

Temporary Exhibitions

Full List of Events

Date Event
May 2016 events
5th May 2016 Illustrated talk: The Lancaster Canal. by Robert Philpotts A resume of the way in which the early canal builders brought the Lancaster Canal to life. Robert looks back on his early studies of the canal which were the focus of his first book.
8th May 2016 Tunnel Boat Trips Bookings are now open for the first day of this year's tunnel boat trips. A guide will explain the history of the canal and the tunnel as you cruise deep beaneath the streets of London. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Please follow this link to book online
22nd May 2016 Tunnel Boat Trips Bookings are now open for this year's tunnel boat trips. Please follow this link to book online
June 2016 events
1st June 2016 Watery Wednesday on a theme of Waterways on the Move. Planned activities are boat trips, making balloon boats, making self propelled boats, making flapping ducks, making pan scourer boats.
2nd June 2016 Illustrated talk: Three Cheers for the Regent's Canal by Lester Hillman. In the Summer of 1816, on the birthday of the Prince Regent, the first section of the Regent's Canal, from Little Venice to Camden, was opened. A display in the museum, which relates to the 1820 opening, shows how two centuries ago those in the Regency era organised such events. Lester Hillman will illustrate this first opening , and other such events, in this review of the bicentennial of the opening of the first length of the Regent's Canal.
12th June 2016 Tunnel Boat Trips Bookings are now open for this year's tunnel boat trips. Please follow this link to book online
26th June 2016 Tunnel Boat Trips Bookings are now open for this year's tunnel boat trips. Please follow this link to book online
July 2016 events
7th July 2016 Illustrated talk: All Ship-shape and Blackwall -fashion by Jeremy Batch. On the opposite bank to the Dome there was once the largest private dock in Europe, the birthplace of the hydraulic crane, the yards where "bad buoys were made good" and HMS Warrior was launched, and the wharf where Brunel's first steamship had her engine installed. Blackwall has featured in Jeremy's other talks but now is the time for a closer look at this historic site.
10th July 2016 Tunnel Boat Trips Bookings are now open for this year's tunnel boat trips. Please follow this link to book online
24th July 2016 Tunnel Boat Trips Bookings are now open for this year's tunnel boat trips. Please follow this link to book online
24th July 2016 Ice Sunday - details to be announced.
August 2016 events
3rd August 2016 Watery Wednesday on a theme of It's freezing in here!. Planned activities are boat trips, sliding ice cube painting, making Victorian ice cream, making ice and salt sculptures - plain and coloured, levitating ice cubes, ice trade sequencing
4th August 2016 Guided canal towpath walking tour. Departing from the museum 1830. From the museum to Camden Town. Explore the sights of the canal, and amongst all the new development find reminders of its industrial transport past,, accompanied by a guide from the museum. You can combine the walk with a visit to the museum before the walk. book online in advance £7.50 including admission to museum, £4.50 walk only, £1 off for senior citizens, £1 more if paid in person on the day.
10th August 2016 Watery Wednesday on a theme of It's freezing in here!. Planned activities are boat trips, sliding ice cube painting, making Victorian ice cream, making ice and salt sculptures - plain and coloured, levitating ice cubes, ice trade sequencing
17th August 2016 Watery Wednesday on a theme of Working Waterways. Planned activities are boat trips, castles and roses painting, dressing up, making canal plaques, snubbers and top planks game, making a buckby can, simple spider web embroidery, making a rag rug
24th August 2016 Watery Wednesday on a theme of Working Waterways. Planned activities are boat trips, castles and roses painting, dressing up, making canal plaques, snubbers and top planks game, making a buckby can, simple spider web embroidery, making a rag rug
September 2016 events
1st September 2016 Illustrated Talk : Gunpowder on the Lee by Richard Thomas. The Royal Gunpowder Mills on the Lee at Waltham Abbey were in operation for over 300 years. From the 1850s onwards the site was also involved in developing new nitro-based explosives. Originating back in 1665, a former vegetable oil mill was converted to gunpowder production . A network of canals were created, both to segregate processing plants and to move finished products around the site. Similarly a specialist type of Thames/Lee barge was also designed for the gunpowder trade. Richard will outline the history of the works and its waterway connections.
October 2016 events
6th October 2016 Illustrated talk: The River Stour Trust by Andrew Richardson. The first Act was passed in 1705 to make the river navigable to Sudbury. It involved the construction of thirteen locks. Coal up and bricks down were the staple trades, together with grain. Subsequently railway competition slowly eroded traffic. In 1967 the then Anglian Water Authority petitioned parliament to have the Act repealed. The River Stour Trust fought off this proposal. Since then the Trust has worked to bring the navigation back to life. Andrew will detail what has been achieved.
26th October 2016 Watery Wednesday on a theme of Creepy Canals. Planned activities are boat trips, self hardening clay spooky magnets, making bats, simple spider web embroidery, ice scream
29th October 2016 The Amazing Halloween Experience.
30th October 2016 The Amazing Halloween Experience.
November 2016 events
3rd November 2016 Illustrated talk: Narrowboats to Norway by Clive and Jill Field. Clive and Jill will tell us of the exploits of four narrowboats and their crews who ventured to Tilbury Docks under their own power before being taken to Sweden on a cross North Sea ferry. In Sweden they explored the scenic Gota Canal and the connecting lakes. They then ventured up the Daalsland Canal into Norway. They will tell us of their experiences on these scenic waterways.
December 2016 events
1st December 2016 Illustrated talk: Coventry: Its Canals and Canal Society by Robert Nash. Robert is the archivist of the Coventry Canal Society. He will explain the history of these two interlinked canals that formed part of the Brindley "Grand Cross". Hawkesbury Junction is the place where the two canals meet. This canalside hamlet has changed little over the years. Elsewhere, however , various alterations along these canals have changed them for ever. Robert will draw on the Coventry Canal Society archives to explore various themes.

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