Temporary Exhibitions

Changing Displays

What's On

We offer a changing programme of temporary exhibitions. There are usually two or three exhibitions per year on varied subjects relating to canals and the ice trade. In addition we occasionally host art installations or other short-term displays.

Restored by London

A new exhibition of the photographs of Tim Lewis. Entitled "Restored by London" it features around 50 pictures of the work carried out by the London branch of the Waterway Recovery Group on canal restoration schemes around the country. Tim is himself a long-standing member of the group. Until 9th October


A ghostly face appears against a museum exhibition sceneThis new interactive installation was created specifically for the ice well under the London Canal Museum by artist Nye Thompson. The installation imagines that some strange technological relics have been uncovered from the rubble filling up the old ice wells. These relics have been put on display in the museum, but as we look at them, are they looking back at us? And if so, for what purpose?

This exhibition explores our relationship with the seductive technologies that increasingly mediate or even construct our interactions with the world. As we put more and more of our lives and our private selves into the virtual arena, what does this mean in a time of government ‘data slurps’ and increased surveillance of our online activities “in the interest of national security”. The installation was created using electronic waste - parts of redundant computing equipment and also uses DIY computing platform Raspberry Pi.

An whose face can you see in the ice well?

Until 14th September 2014

Waterways on the Western Front

Waterways on the Western Front is a journey into a First Word War you never knew about. This exhibition is a chance to find out how canals in Belgium saved millions from starving and in France brought tens of thousands of wounded to safety. It explains how a tug boat owner stopped the Germans taking the channel ports. It reveals the secret munitions port of Richborough, built in just a few months on the Kent coast and never bombed. And it is a chance to remember those who lost their lives crossing the canals in the war's decisive battles.

Unseen film and photos, recordings, first hand testimonies and rare objects generate a lively recreation of the extraordinary events and sheer scale of what happened along the Waterways on the Western Front. The scale is hard to grasp. While many hundreds of barges took 5 million tons food to the flour mills of Belgium, across the front line an equally large fleet brought thousands of tons of munitions each day to the Ypres salient.

Central to this were the Royal Engineers. Without them the waterways would not have worked. But they also had to blow bridges behind British retreats, and build the ones that took the tanks into the final offensive. The exhibition recognizes their core role, while highlighting the unexpected – the men billeted in empty lock chambers, the hospital barges for horses, and the canal water served up to troops to drink on the front line.

This exhibition runs from Saturday 10th October 2014 until the 1st March 2015 at the London Canal Museum. Admission is £4 for adults, £3 concessions and £2 for children. Open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 4.30pm. Admission to the exhibition only is free on the first Thursday of the month between 4.30pm and 7pm.