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. Each summer we welcome the Mikron Theatre Company for theatrical performances and we have occasional special days of activities for families or adults. We also occasionally offer roses and castles painting courses, and other events.

Temporary Exhibitions

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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Narrowboat departing, brick-buildt traditional warehouse to rear

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Full List of Events

Date Event

May 2014

 
1st May Illustrated talk: Thames Sailing Barges and their Trades by Graham Dent. The Thames Sailing Barge Society have recently completed their analysis of the fleet. We shall hear about the craft and their trades.
11th May Guided tunnel boat trips from the museum through London's longest canal tunnel and back. Departures 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600. Book in advance. See Tunnel Boat Trips for details.
11th May Guided towpath walk from the museum to Camden Town along the Regent's Canal towpath. Departs from museum 1430. Duration 75-90 minutes. Advance online booking prices £7.50 including museum admission beforehand £4.50 not including admission. £1 more on the day.
17th May Museums at Night. More details to be added nearer the time.
25th May Guided tunnel boat trips from the museum through London's longest canal tunnel and back. Departures 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600. Book in advance. See Tunnel Boat Trips for details.
27th May Children's Activity Day including indoor activities and a short boat trip on the canal. Sessions 1030 and 1330. Groups or 10 or more should book in advance, individuals need not book. £4 per child, adults at normal entry charges.

June 2014

 
5th June Illustrated talk by Roger Clay. Higher Avon Project - Progress Report. We will have an update on the current state of planning for this project.
8th June Guided tunnel boat trips from the museum through London's longest canal tunnel and back. Departures 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600. Book in advance. See Tunnel Boat Trips for details.
22nd June Guided tunnel boat trips from the museum through London's longest canal tunnel and back. Departures 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600. Book in advance. See Tunnel Boat Trips for details.
22nd June Guided towpath walk from the museum to Camden Town along the Regent's Canal towpath. Departs from museum 1430. Duration 75-90 minutes. Advance online booking prices £7.50 including museum admission beforehand £4.50 not including admission. £1 more on the day.

July 2014

 
3rd July Illustrated Talk: Family Cruising in 1963 by Roger Butler. Another delve into the Butler family archive that will show us what canal tunnel boat tripscruising really was like in 1963. Another set of fascinating quality photos from a past age.
10th July Theatre performance of Till the Cows Come Home by the Mikron Theatre Company. Starts at 2000
11th July Theatre performance of Troupers by the Mikron Theatre Company. Starts at 2000
13th July Guided from the museum through London's longest canal tunnel and back. Departures 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600. Book in advance. See Tunnel Boat Trips for details.
20th July Ice Sunday. A chance to descend into the ice wells and learn about this unique part of London's heritage. Also planned are demonstrations of Victorian ice cream making and short talks about the ice trade and Carlo Gatti.
27th July Guided tunnel boat trips from the museum through London's longest canal tunnel and back. Departures 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600. Book in advance. See Tunnel Boat Trips for details.
27th July Guided towpath walk from the museum to Camden Town along the Regent's Canal towpath. Departs from museum 1430. Duration 75-90 minutes. Advance online booking prices £7.50 including museum admission beforehand £4.50 not including admission. £1 more on the day.
28th July Concert performance by the Dead Rat Orchestra at the debut of their canal tour. Evening. Details to be announced. With support from Sound and Music, and The Canal and Rivers Trust, in August 2014 Dead Rat Orchestra will undertake a unique tour across the canals and waterways from London to Bristol and Oxford. In August 2014 the DRO will chart these inland waters, gathering an informal history of England's once thriving industrial arteries, exploring social, historical and musical roots. Having developed a unique approach to site specific composition and performance, The Cut tour presents a new challenge to the DRO - a barge and the canals themselves provide a slow moving base from which the music will take form. The journey will foster impromptu collaborations with local artists and musicians, host visits from historians and forge links to local community groups, as the DRO explore how the canals continue to resonate with communities and their surroundings today. Tickets £8 - book online (not yet open). Cash bar available.

August 2014

 
5th August Children's Activity Day including indoor activities and a short boat trip on the canal. Sessions 1030 and 1330. Groups or 10 or more should book in advance, individuals need not book. £4 per child, adults at normal entry charges.
7th August 1930 Guided towpath walk from the museum to Camden Town along the Regent's Canal towpath.
10th August Guided tunnel boat trips from the museum through London's longest canal tunnel and back. Departures 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600. Book in advance. See Tunnel Boat Trips for details.
12th August Children's Activity Day including indoor activities and a short boat trip on the canal. Sessions 1030 and 1330. Groups or 10 or more should book in advance, individuals need not book. £4 per child, adults at normal entry charges.
19th August Children's Activity Day including indoor activities and a short boat trip on the canal. Sessions 1030 and 1330. Groups or 10 or more should book in advance, individuals need not book. £4 per child, adults at normal entry charges.
24th August Guided tunnel boat trips from the museum through London's longest canal tunnel and back. Departures 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600. Book in advance. See Tunnel Boat Trips for details.
26th August Children's Activity Day including indoor activities and a short boat trip on the canal. Sessions 1030 and 1330. Groups or 10 or more should book in advance, individuals need not book. £4 per child, adults at normal entry charges.

September 2014

 
4th September Illustrated Talk by Ian Wilson. Past Scenes of the Grand Union Canal. Ian is an avid Card Collector. He uses cards drawn from his collection to show the history of the Grand Union.
14th September Guided tunnel boat trips from the museum through London's longest canal tunnel and back. Departures 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600. Book in advance. See Tunnel Boat Trips for details.
14th September Guided towpath walk from the museum to Camden Town along the Regent's Canal towpath. Departs from museum 1430. Duration 75-90 minutes. Advance online booking prices £7.50 including museum admission beforehand £4.50 not including admission. £1 more on the day.
19th September London Open House. Free entry to the museum.
21st September Guided tunnel boat trips from the museum through London's longest canal tunnel and back. Departures 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600. Book in advance. See Tunnel Boat Trips for details.

October 2014

2nd October Illustrated Talk: Lighterage on the Thames, by Barbara and Alun Thomas. Barbara and Alun's family had a small lighterage business based in Lambeth in the 19th Century. The talk reviews aspects of the 19th Century lighterage trade, as illustrated by the life of the Hopkins family.
12th October Guided tunnel boat trips from the museum through London's longest canal tunnel and back. Departures 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600. Book in advance. See Tunnel Boat Trips for details.
12th October Guided towpath walk from the museum to Camden Town along the Regent's Canal towpath. Departs from museum 1430. Duration 75-90 minutes. Advance online booking prices £7.50 including museum admission beforehand £4.50 not including admission. £1 more on the day.
28th October Children's Activity Day including indoor activities and a short boat trip on the canal. Sessions 1030 and 1330. Groups or 10 or more should book in advance, individuals need not book. £4 per child, adults at normal entry charges.

November 2014

 
6th November Illustrated Talk: Canals in Wartime, by Dr. Wendy Freer. Wendy outlines the way in which the canals functioned during wartime and how they aided the 'war effort' even though some of the skilled staff were called up. The canals themselves were not immune from war damage, but were quickly reopened to provide the essential arteries of trade. The talk offers a valuable insight into an era about which little is published.

December 2014

 
4th December Illustrated Talk: Railway and Canal Interchange at Camden by Malcolm Tucker. A comprehensive review of the way in which this key interchange complex operated, together with its ancillary features.

January 2015

 
1st January Illustrated talk: Waterways of Southern France by Dr. Roger Squires. The Canal Du Midi , opened in 1681, was a masterpiece of waterways engineering, with an amazing water catchment process, flights of locks and even a canal tunnel. Other river navigations in south western France, although built somewhat later, equally have their highlights. This presentation also aims to cover these.

February 2015

 
5th February Illustrated talk: The North Walsham and Dilham Canal 1826-2026 by Ivan CANE. This unique Broadland canal once served the "wool town" of North Walsham, with grain and flour going to the coast, as well as the "cabbage wherry" that took vegetables from Antingham to Yarmouth. Railway competition brought about its demise by the mid 1880s. It subsequently was sold three times, with the final purchaser, the mill owner at Ebridge, forming the North Walsham Canal Company. The upper section from Swafield Bridge to Antingham closed in 1927, but the public right of navigation still exists below Swafield Bridge even though the locks are derelict. A local restoration society is seeking to bring the canal back to life. Ivan will recount the canal's history and outline the society's plans.

March 2015

 
5th March Illustrated talk; The Buckingham Canal - Past Present and Future by Terry Cavender. The Buckingham Canal Society has been working hard to raise the profile of its restoration project. They have made considerable progress on the ground. The society's Trustee and Programme Manager will detail their work.

April 2015

 
2nd April Illustrated talk: Robert Jefferies: The River Beat. Bob, who is Curator, Thames River Police Museum at Wapping, will tell us about the origins and history of England's first Police Force.

May 2015

 
7th May Illustrated talk: The PLA in the 21st century- opportunities and challenges by James Trimmer. The new London gateway port, capable of dealing with the new super container ships, will bring new traffic to the port. Likewise many construction projects in London offer new traffic opportunities.

June 2015

 
4th June Illustrated Talk: Fenland Waterways by Alan Faulkner. The remarkable network of waterways that drain into the Wash are very much under-rated and little is published on them. Alan Faulkner, the long serving Secretary of the East Anglian Waterways Association, will aim to fill that knowledge gap.

July 2015

 
2nd July Illustrated talk: Boating Families in the 1940s and 1950s by Roger Wickson. Roger met many of these families and his fully illustrated talk recounts his knowledge of their way of life.

August 2015

 
6th August Leaving at 1930, a guided towpath walk from the museum to Camden Town along the Regent's Canal towpath.

September 2015

 
3rd September Illustrated talk: Nigel Crowe . Conserving our Waterway Heritage. Nigel is the Conservation Adviser to the Canal and River Trust. He undertook a comprehensive survey of the heritage of the waterways when first appointed, and now advises the CRT on its protection .

October 2015

 
1st October Illustrated talk The Canal and River Trust by John Dodwell. Founding trustee and long standing waterways enthusiast John Dodwell will detail the Trust's progress to date. He will explain the issues they face and the constraints under which they work.

November 2015

 
5th November Illustrated talk: The work of the Thames Ironworks Heritage Trust by Gavin Redknap. Gavin was one of the founders of the trust that is working to save and restore some of the few surviving craft built at the Thames Ironworks Yard at the mouth of Bow Creek. The Trust plans to use the fleet of restored one-hundred-year-old lifeboats for community projects on the Lower Lee.

December 2015

 
3rd December 2015 Illustrated talk: The River Thames Society and the River Thames by Peter Finch. Peter, who is Chairman of the River Thames Society, will explain the role and function of the society and then go on to talk about London's river and some of the issues it faces.

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Temporary Exhibitions

Until 18th May 2014, another opportunity to see When Ice Came to London, the story of Carlo Gatti's enterprises

Commencing 20th May 2014, a new exhibition of the photographs of Tim Lewis.