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.


The Hertford Union Canal, People and Places

Until 8th May 2016

An exhibition about the people and places of the Hertford Union Canal, one of London's shortest waterways, and the lives of local people working along its banks. The exhibition has been researched and compiled by Laburnum Boat Club and designed into this format by London Canal Museum using the materials gathered by the Laburnum Boat Club project. Runs until 8th May 2016.

The exhibition comprises three main sections:

Timber and a barge line the opposite banks of canal

The canal was built by Sir George Duckett and opened in 1830, which was rather a late date in the history of canal building. By then, ralways were just over the horizon. Sir George came from a wealthy family and owned the Stort Navigation, so we may speculate that he hoped there would be business benefits from the creation of this short link between the Lee Navigation and The Regent's Canal.

A set of brick-built cottages beside the lockSir George was disappointed however and the canal was a failure. For a whie it was impassable but eventually it was sold to The Regent's Canal and became part of their business. Today it is a rather useful link in the London network. The canalside industry that was once flourishing is now almost all gone. Housing has replaced the timber yards and the factories that made furniture.

Memories live on of the working days of "Duckett's Cut" and the exhibition tells us a few stories from those memories.

Cartography is by Jane Smith www.janeillustration.co.uk

Logo - Regent's Canal Project

Logo - Laburnum Boat Club

Logo - Heritage Lottery Fund

The Fabulous Photos of Mr Beal"

Taken in about 1906, this selection of 17 fine photographs was taken by the photograper and lecturer W. N. Beal, who gave "Lantern Lectures" about the river Thames and the life and people of The Regent's Canal. This exhibition concentrates on his photographs of people.

From 10th May until August 2016