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.

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A short narrowboat entering the mouth of Islington Tunnel on one of our guided tours.

Temporary Exhibitions

Full List of Events

Date Event
May 2017 events
31st May 2017 Watery Wednesday A range of activities for children aged roughly 6-12 including a short boat trip. Today's theme is birds and butterflies, nature and the canal.Children participating £4, adults at usual charges for admission.
June 2017 events
1st June 2017 Illustrated talk: Saving the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals by David Dixon. An epic story of the major tasks involved.
11th June 2017 Tunnel boat trips through the long Islington canal tunnel and back, accompanied by a guide from the museum who will give a commentary during the journey. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Book online
25th June 2017 Tunnel boat trips through the long Islington canal tunnel and back, accompanied by a guide from the museum who will give a commentary during the journey. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Book online.
July 2017 events
6th July 2017 Illustrated talk: The great Stink by Jim Lewis. Cleaning up the river Thames and solving London's sewage problems
9th July 2017 Tunnel boat trips through the long Islington canal tunnel and back, accompanied by a guide from the museum who will give a commentary during the journey. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Book online.
23rd July 2017 Tunnel boat trips through the long Islington canal tunnel and back, accompanied by a guide from the museum who will give a commentary during the journey. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Book online.
30th July 2017 Ice Sunday Our annual opportunity for visitors to be taken in small groups down into the Victorian ice wells under the museum. Normal admission charges apply. No need to book. Restricted to fit adults and teenagers only, able to climb down and up ladders. No loose footwear permitted.
August 2017 events
2nd August 2017 Watery Wednesday A range of activities for children aged roughly 6-12 including a short boat trip.
3rd August 2017 Guided towpath walking tour
9th August 2017 Watery Wednesday A range of activities for children aged roughly 6-12 including a short boat trip.
13th August 2017 Tunnel boat trips through the long Islington canal tunnel and back, accompanied by a guide from the museum who will give a commentary during the journey. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Book online.
16th August 2017 Watery Wednesday A range of activities for children aged roughly 6-12 including a short boat trip.
23rd August 2017 Watery Wednesday A range of activities for children aged roughly 6-12 including a short boat trip.
27th August 2017 Tunnel boat trips through the long Islington canal tunnel and back, accompanied by a guide from the museum who will give a commentary during the journey. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Book online.
September 2017 events
7th September 2017 Illustrated talk: Limehouse Basin and the East London Waterways by Jeremy Batch. A talk on the history of Limehouse, The Regent's Canal Dock and the Olympic Park Waterways. Limehouse Basin opened in 1820 as The Regent's Canal Dock, but 50 years earlier the Limehouse Cut had connected the Lee Navigation to the Thames via an entrance that is now being investigated with renewed interest. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is built around the Bow Back Rivers, dating from the time of King Alfred but now boasting no less than three new or reinstated locks: Three Mills, City Mill and Carpenters Road. In this updated talk, Jeremy will also cover St Anne's Church, Chinatown, the London & Blackwall Railway and the shipbuilding for which Limehouse was once renowned.
10th September 2017 Tunnel boat trips through the long Islington canal tunnel and back, accompanied by a guide from the museum who will give a commentary during the journey. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Book online.
24th September 2017 Tunnel boat trips through the long Islington canal tunnel and back, accompanied by a guide from the museum who will give a commentary during the journey. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Book online.
October 2017 events
5th October 2017 Illustrated talk: The Work of the Waterway Recovery group, by Tim Lewis. The Waterway Recovery Group is a branch of the Inland Waterways Association that does the practical, and often dirty, work of canal restoration. often working in partnership with local canal societies, the WRG brings teams for work camps of a weekend, a week or more, to help deliver projects that eventually lead to canal restoration or improvements. They are skilled and well-equipped. Tim will tell us more about the work, drawing on his years of experience as a participant.
8th October 2017 Tunnel boat trips through the long Islington canal tunnel and back, accompanied by a guide from the museum who will give a commentary during the journey. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Book online.
22nd October 2017 Tunnel boat trips through the long Islington canal tunnel and back, accompanied by a guide from the museum who will give a commentary during the journey. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Book online.
25th October 2017 Watery Wednesday A range of activities for children aged roughly 6-12 including a short boat trip.
28th October 2017 The Amazing Halloween Experience Our annual family event including a scary boat trip through the dark Islington Tunnel, and activities in the museum.
29th October 2017 The Amazing Halloween Experience Our annual family event including a scary boat trip through the dark Islington Tunnel, and activities in the museum.
November 2017 events
2nd November 2017 Illustrated talk: The Chesterfield Canal by John Lower. The history of the canal and an update on the progress of the restoration.
December 2017 events
7th December 2017 Illustrated talk: British Waterways Transformed into the Canal and River Trust by Tony Hales. Tony Hales was for many years the Chair of British Waterways. He will recall some of his memories of a ten year period of change, during which the nationalised transport industry became a major charity.
January 2018 events
4th January 2018 Illustrated talk: Title and speaker to be announced
February 2018 events
1st February 2018 Illustrated talk: Title and speaker to be announced
March 2018 events
1st March 2018 Illustrated talk: Title and speaker to be announced
April 2018 events
5th April 2018 Illustrated talk: Title and speaker to be announced
May 2018 events
3rd May 2018 Illustrated talk: Title and speaker to be announced
June 2018 events
7th June 2018 Illustrated talk: The East End's Canals - Local Voices by Carolyn Clark. During 2015-16, a Heritage Lottery part funded project with Laburnum Boat Club gathered information from local people and resources about life on and by the Regent's and Hertford Union Canals. The work culminated with the East End Canal Festival (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KJkf9tvF3g†) †This presentation is based on the findings with new photos and information. †Carolyn Clark is the Community Historian who led the project. Whilst many historians have studied the social history of those who lived afloat, Carolyn's project explored a rarely-considered topic: the social history of those who lived and worked on and beside the canals in the inner city, and local peoples' relationship with the waterways. The results were an unusual insight into an aspect of canal history that has generally not been studied, and they were fascinating.

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