Temporary Exhibitions

Mr Beal's Boats

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.

Mr.Beal's Boats

The craft seen in the 1900s

Until date to be announced, summer 2019.

Four black and white pictures of boats arranged in a squareFrom the early 20th Century, postcards were popular for short messages. Few people had access to a telephone and an efficient postal service was used by everyone for communications. For short messages a picture postcard was ideal and many were produced depicting the canals and rivers of London. The museum's collection includes around 50 original cards, most of which are shown in the exhibition in digital form.

An exhibition of images of the boats seen by the remarkable camera of Mr. W.M. Beal, on The Regent's Canal in around 1906. They include a steam narrowboat, maintenance work, narrowboats and coal barges. Beal was a first class photographer. They have never been exhibited in recent times.

The exhibition is open during all normal opening hours, 1000-1630 Tuesdays to Sundays and bank holiday Mondays, plus late opening to 1930 on the first Thursday of the month.