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.

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

"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 May 3rd and it will be repeated later in 2015. There are three 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


6th - 31st May 2015

Simon Tarrant is a London-based, London-born artist, who has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal College of Art, the Saatchi Gallery and the Bankside Gallery. Painting across a variety of medium, including canvas, glass and Perspex, Simon's work alludes to the school of abstract expressionism, however he is a colourist at heart. A Finalist of the Davy Portrait Awards he has held solo exhibitions at Beggars Banquet New York, Pentagram Design London and the Linen Hall Library Belfast.

A passionate supporter of the charity WaterAid. WaterAid helps people in some of the world's poorest countries to obtain permanent supplies of clean water, something that we take for granted in the UK. A painting will be auctioned in aid of WaterAid at the museum's special celebrity concert on May 16th for Museums at Night.

Beyond The Towpath

2nd June to 2nd August

London's Telegram Gallery will show contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs by emerging artists, inspired by the Regent's Canal.