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 on occasional dates, 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.

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

Temporary Exhibitions

Full List of Events

Date Event
June 2019
13th June 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
20th June 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
23rd June 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. All trips return to the museum. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
27th June 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
July 2019
4th July 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
4th July 2019 Illustrated talk: World War Two - Women Canal Boaters by Dennis Padfield. Dennis will explain how, when the canal boatmen went off to the war, women were recruited to fill the gaps and keep the canal traffics running. Susan Woolfitt and Emma Smith subsequently recorded their exploits in their respective books, Idle Women and Maidens' Trip.
11th July 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
14th July 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1100,1200 1400 and 1500 boats return to the museum. The 1600 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
18th July 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
25th July 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
27th & 28th July 2019 Ice Heritage Weekend The programme for the weekend will include a cake-baking competition for Carlo Gatti's birthday, a cream tea, Gatti's Victorian Music Hall, ice-cream making demonstrations, gallery talks, and visits underground into the ice wells. Some of these things are on one day only..
28th July 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1100,1200 1400 and 1500 boats return to the museum. The 1600 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
August 2019
1st August 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
1st August 2019 Guided Towpath Walk from the museum to Camden Town, led by one of our guides, who will explain the history of the canal and point out reminders of its working past as we walk. FREE with a museum admission ticket - visit the museum beforehand. Museum open 1000-1930. The walk will leave the museum at 1830 and takes about 90 minutes.
7th August 2019 Watery WednesdayTheme: Happy Birthday, Mr. Gatti! Activity day for children. Decorate a cake, create a card, adorn the room and make some yummy ice cream, following the celebration of Carlo Gatti's birthday a few days before. A short boat trip is included.
8th August 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
11th ASugust 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1100,1200 1400 and 1500 boats return to the museum. The 1600 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
14th August 2019 Watery WednesdayTheme: Living Canals Activity day for children. Come and build a bird feeder, make a fly-eating frog, decorate a tiny terrapin and create a mini-kite. A short boat trip is included.
15th August 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
21st August 2019 Watery WednesdayTheme: Crafty Canals Activities for children. Help us to make a rag-rug for our narrowboat, have a go at spider-web embroidery, try painting a canal-style rose, dress up as a Victorian canal child and create your very own piece of rope! A short boat trip is included.
22nd August 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
25th August 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1100,1200 1400 and 1500 boats return to the museum. The 1600 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
29th August 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
September 2019
5th September 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
8th September 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. All trips return to the museum. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
5th September 2019 Illustrated talk: The Grantham Canal by David Lyneham-Brown. This 33 mile wide waterway opened in 1797, with traffic mainly of coal and agricultural products. The canal was abandoned in 1936 but generally kept in water to supply agriculture. The Grantham Canal Trust are coordinating plans for its restoration. A new route will be needed to connect with the Trent near Nottinham. The final section into Grantham was truncated by the improved A1 road. David will explain the progress made to date.
12th September 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
19th September 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
22nd September 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. All trips return to the museum. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
26th September 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1130 1230 1415 1515 and 1615. The 1130,1230 1415 and 1515 boats return to the museum. The 1615 boat passes through a lock and drops off passengers at Graham Street, Islington from where frequent local bus services are available. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
27th and 28th September 2019 Emerge Festival A London-wide festival of evening activities in museums and cultural venues. The London Canal Museum will be open until late in the evening and there will be a unique immersive cutural experience!
October 2019
3rd October 2019 Illustrated talk: Brindley and the Reading and Isleworth Canal by Victoria Owens. Victoria is one of the leading experts on James Brindley. She has done much research into his works, including the projects he planned but was not commissioned to undertake. This scheme was aimed at improving navigation on the middle Thames. Various river improvements were subsequently organised by the Thames Navigation Commissioners.
13th October 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. All trips return to the museum. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
23rd October 2019 Watery WednesdayTheme: Autumn Wonders Activities for children to be announced, including a short boat trip.
27th October 2019 Guided: Tunnel Boat Trips from the museum through Islington Tunnel. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. All trips return to the museum. Booking should be made in advance and includes your museum visit. For more information and to book go to the tunnel trips page.
November 2019
7th November 2019 Illustrated talk: The Chelmer and Other Essex Waterways by John Pomfret (of the IWA). The history of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation is an interesting case study. Here the private navigation company failed, and, to keep the navigation open, the Inland Waterways Association stepped in. Now the waterway is in good shape. Sadly the same cannot be said for some of the other Essex waterways .
December 2019
5th December 2019 Illustrated talk: Boston's Waterways by Simon Judge. Simon, during the past two years, has had his boat moored over winter in Ely and has explored the many waterways of the area, collectively called the Fens. He also has crossed the Wash, in both directions, and is planning another such trip next year. He will tell us of his various cruises in the area.

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