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.


Hackney Heritage Then and Now

Example exhibition panel showing pictures side by side of then, and now.This exhibition was originally produced by Laburnum Boat Club in 2014. Volunteers gathered memories, photographs, articles and information about the Hackney stretch of the Regent’s Canal. The exhibition in a different format was shown at Shoreditch Library in summer 2014. This new version of the exhibition was designed by London Canal Museum using the content of the previous exhibition. A smaller version was shown earlier in the year. The full exhibition is now on display.

The Regent’s Canal has passed through Hackney for nearly 200 years and has provided work, rest, and play for generations. About the only things that have stayed the same are the water, the locks, and its magnetism for local people.

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

"I fell in the canal up near the Broadway when I was about 9. I was on my way to Vicky Park [Victoria Park] and I can remember running along the concrete bit at the edge of the water, I never noticed the dead fish and slipped on it and went in. The next thing I know I was being pulled out by a man who jumped over the railings and pulled me out. He worked at a glue factory that was along the side of the canal and I can remember when they took me in to dry me out, the smell of that place stays with me even now... If that man was alive today I would thank him from the bottom of my heart." Laurence Churchman

The exhibition runs until October 31st 2015. There are four main components:

Logo - Regent's Canal Project

Sample of illustrated map showing blue waterway and surrounding streets with images of activities

Logo - Laburnum Boat Club

Logo - Heritage Lottery Fund