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
August 2016 events
3rd August 2016 Watery Wednesday on a theme of It's freezing in here!. Planned activities are boat trips, sliding ice cube painting, making Victorian ice cream, making ice and salt sculptures - plain and coloured, levitating ice cubes, ice trade sequencing
4th August 2016 Guided canal towpath walking tour. Departing from the museum 1830. From the museum to Camden Town. Explore the sights of the canal, and amongst all the new development find reminders of its industrial transport past,, accompanied by a guide from the museum. You can combine the walk with a visit to the museum before the walk. £7.50 including admission to museum, £4.50 walk only, £1 off for senior citizens, £1 more if paid in person on the day.
10th August 2016 Watery Wednesday on a theme of It's freezing in here!. Planned activities are boat trips, sliding ice cube painting, making Victorian ice cream, making ice and salt sculptures - plain and coloured, levitating ice cubes, ice trade sequencing
14th August 2016 Tunnel Boat Trips Enjoy a guided tunnel boat trip beneath the streets of London. The Islington tunnel is the longest in the south of England and the journey through it by boat takes around 20 minutes. Our trips are led by a guide who will explain the history of the canal as you cruise. Tickets are 8.40 adults, 6.00 children and include museum admission. The return trip takes around 50 minutes. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Advance booking is strongly reccommended follow this link to book online
17th August 2016 Watery Wednesday on a theme of Working Waterways. Planned activities are boat trips, castles and roses painting, dressing up, making canal plaques, snubbers and top planks game, making a buckby can, simple spider web embroidery, making a rag rug
24th August 2016 Watery Wednesday on a theme of Working Waterways. Planned activities are boat trips, castles and roses painting, dressing up, making canal plaques, snubbers and top planks game, making a buckby can, simple spider web embroidery, making a rag rug
28th August 2016 Tunnel Boat Trips Enjoy a guided tunnel boat trip beneath the streets of London. The Islington tunnel is the longest in the south of England and the journey through it by boat takes around 20 minutes. Our trips are led by a guide who will explain the history of the canal as you cruise. Tickets are 8.40 adults, 6.00 children and include museum admission. The return trip takes around 50 minutes. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Advance booking is strongly reccommended follow this link to book online
September 2016 events
1st September 2016 Illustrated Talk : Gunpowder on the Lee by Richard Thomas. The Royal Gunpowder Mills on the Lee at Waltham Abbey were in operation for over 300 years. From the 1850s onwards the site was also involved in developing new nitro-based explosives. Originating back in 1665, a former vegetable oil mill was converted to gunpowder production . A network of canals were created, both to segregate processing plants and to move finished products around the site. Similarly a specialist type of Thames/Lee barge was also designed for the gunpowder trade. Richard will outline the history of the works and its waterway connections.
11th September 2016 Tunnel Boat Trips Enjoy a guided tunnel boat trip beneath the streets of London. The Islington tunnel is the longest in the south of England and the journey through it by boat takes around 20 minutes. Our trips are led by a guide who will explain the history of the canal as you cruise. Tickets are 8.40 adults, 6.00 children and include museum admission. The return trip takes around 50 minutes. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Advance booking is strongly reccommended follow this link to book online
25th September 2016 Tunnel Boat Trips Enjoy a guided tunnel boat trip beneath the streets of London. The Islington tunnel is the longest in the south of England and the journey through it by boat takes around 20 minutes. Our trips are led by a guide who will explain the history of the canal as you cruise. Tickets are 8.40 adults, 6.00 children and include museum admission. The return trip takes around 50 minutes. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Advance booking is strongly reccommended follow this link to book online
October 2016 events
6th October 2016 Illustrated talk: The River Stour Trust by Andrew Richardson. The first Act was passed in 1705 to make the river navigable to Sudbury. It involved the construction of thirteen locks. Coal up and bricks down were the staple trades, together with grain. Subsequently railway competition slowly eroded traffic. In 1967 the then Anglian Water Authority petitioned parliament to have the Act repealed. The River Stour Trust fought off this proposal. Since then the Trust has worked to bring the navigation back to life. Andrew will detail what has been achieved.
9th October 2016 Tunnel Boat Trips Enjoy a guided tunnel boat trip beneath the streets of London. The Islington tunnel is the longest in the south of England and the journey through it by boat takes around 20 minutes. Our trips are led by a guide who will explain the history of the canal as you cruise. Tickets are 8.40 adults, 6.00 children and include museum admission. The return trip takes around 50 minutes. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Advance booking is strongly reccommended follow this link to book online
23rd October 2016 Tunnel Boat Trips Enjoy a guided tunnel boat trip beneath the streets of London. The Islington tunnel is the longest in the south of England and the journey through it by boat takes around 20 minutes. Our trips are led by a guide who will explain the history of the canal as you cruise. Tickets are 8.40 adults, 6.00 children and include museum admission. The return trip takes around 50 minutes. Departures at 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500 and 1600. Advance booking is strongly reccommended follow this link to book online
26th October 2016 Watery Wednesday on a theme of Creepy Canals. Planned activities are boat trips, self hardening clay spooky magnets, making bats, simple spider web embroidery, ice scream
29th October 2016 The Amazing Halloween Experience.
30th October 2016 The Amazing Halloween Experience.
November 2016 events
3rd November 2016 Illustrated talk: Narrowboats to Norway by Clive and Jill Field. Clive and Jill will tell us of the exploits of four narrowboats and their crews who ventured to Tilbury Docks under their own power before being taken to Sweden on a cross North Sea ferry. In Sweden they explored the scenic Gota Canal and the connecting lakes. They then ventured up the Daalsland Canal into Norway. They will tell us of their experiences on these scenic waterways.
December 2016 events
1st December 2016 Illustrated talk: Coventry: Its Canals and Canal Society by Robert Nash. Robert is the archivist of the Coventry Canal Society. He will explain the history of these two interlinked canals that formed part of the Brindley "Grand Cross". Hawkesbury Junction is the place where the two canals meet. This canalside hamlet has changed little over the years. Elsewhere, however , various alterations along these canals have changed them for ever. Robert will draw on the Coventry Canal Society archives to explore various themes.

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