London Canal Museum

London Canal Museum London's museum of inland waterways and the former ice trade housed in a waterside former ice warehouse. We are open on bank holiday Mondays and have a late opening on the first Thursday of each month to 1930.
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Fabulous to have the Angel of Islington here again with a school party from Camden, all safety precautions in place!
18/09/2020

Fabulous to have the Angel of Islington here again with a school party from Camden, all safety precautions in place!

10/09/2020
Fernando Hacar HISTORIA DEL HIELO DE LA ICE HARVEST AL WHISKY ON THE ROCKS

A treat for those who are interested in the Victorian and pre-Victorian ice trade. A new video, and there's also a book, in Spanish, by Fernando Hacar. Even if you don't know any Spanish, this is worth a watch for the imagery. (and the music)

Estimado Señor/Señora, Por si fuera de su interés adjunto información relativa al libro: HISTORIA DEL HIELO: DE LA “ICE HARVEST” AL “WHISKY ON THE ROCKS” pub...

08/09/2020
The The Tideway Tunnel

Last Thursday's Illustrated talk, held on Zoom, attracted a large audience and enthusiastic praise. it has now been uploaded to YouTube so that those who missed it can watch it any time. Roger Bailey, Chief Technical Officer of Tideway, takes us through the project and spends time answering questions from the live audience.

This illustrated talk from London Canal Museum was held on 3rd September 2020. Normally these talks are on the first Thursday of every month in the museum bu...

06/09/2020

New online exhibition, the Angel Canal Festival Over The Years. Today would have been the 2020 festival has it not been for coronavirus. See a range of pictures of a happy day to mark the occasion.

22/08/2020

We're gathering pictures of past Angel Canal Festivals for an online display. Please help! We need pictures especially of the earlier years. Do you have any? You can now upload them at www.lcm.me.uk/angelpics.htm

Don't be a mug! Don't miss out on our new stock of canal painted ware. They make great presents and great ornaments or y...
21/08/2020

Don't be a mug! Don't miss out on our new stock of canal painted ware. They make great presents and great ornaments or you can have your canal coffee in them! Museum and shop open Friday to Sunday.

The Angel Canal Festival is held annually and this year's festival would have been the 34th annual event. But sadly coro...
15/08/2020

The Angel Canal Festival is held annually and this year's festival would have been the 34th annual event. But sadly coronavirus has robbed us of the annual day of fun. We are working with the Canal & River Trust to gather photographs of the previous festivals and select a range for an online exhibition on the London Canal Museum website.

We only have a few in our archives and there are no pictures of the first festival. We are hoping you can help. Please share this appeal for pictures of past festivals that we can exhibit online. Pictures should be sent to [email protected] and they don't need to be especially high resolution. It would be great if the year could be stated, if known.

Help us mark the festival online, even though it cannot be held in the usual way this year! The picture here is one of our favourites, from 2016!

13/08/2020

Good news. As from this weekend we are opening three days per week, Friday Saturday and Sunday. Sunday is a good day for people wanting to come by car as the parking restrictions don't apply on Sundays. Don't forget we also offer free cycle storage if you're the athletic type! Sunday opening starts on 16th August.

Bantam IV is back at the museum after an extended absence for repairs prolonged by covid stoppages. Museum open Fridays ...
25/07/2020

Bantam IV is back at the museum after an extended absence for repairs prolonged by covid stoppages. Museum open Fridays and Saturdays.

The family that doesn't do #socialdistancing (and has lost a hat). Museum open Fridays and Saturdays.
23/07/2020

The family that doesn't do #socialdistancing (and has lost a hat). Museum open Fridays and Saturdays.

Open again, first day since 18th March
17/07/2020

Open again, first day since 18th March

We have met the requirements of the Visitbritain/VisitEngland Good to Go standard - we're ready to welcome visitors and ...
15/07/2020

We have met the requirements of the Visitbritain/VisitEngland Good to Go standard - we're ready to welcome visitors and have done all the necessary things to ensure safety.

We have been getting ready for Friday. We'll be open on Fridays and Saturdays only from now on, with all the expected pr...
15/07/2020

We have been getting ready for Friday. We'll be open on Fridays and Saturdays only from now on, with all the expected precautions in place. Hard to see in the picture but our staff reception desk is now surrounded by Perspex screens!

23/06/2020

Following the government announcement today, we are working towards opening three days per week from July 10th. Expected visitor numbers are low at present and we do not have enough people available to maintain full opening hours as yet. Friday to Sunday is the plan.

22/06/2020

July's online illustrated talk will be a bit different.....

Take a look at the virtual tour of Hanwell Locks at http://lcm.me.uk/hw  #becauseimalondoner
20/06/2020

Take a look at the virtual tour of Hanwell Locks at http://lcm.me.uk/hw #becauseimalondoner

London is looking at getting back to normal and we hope museums will re-open soon. #BecauseImALondoner
19/06/2020

London is looking at getting back to normal and we hope museums will re-open soon. #BecauseImALondoner

Published in November 1910 in the Illustrated London News, these recently-acquired pictures are of the Grosvenor Canal i...
19/06/2020

Published in November 1910 in the Illustrated London News, these recently-acquired pictures are of the Grosvenor Canal in central London. Pictures of the remains of this canal such as they were even then are scarce. The smaller boat is described as a motor launch called "Eola". It is presumably a steam-powered launch and although it looks quite small, it is said to belong to a judge who had a crew of five on board whilst cruising the coat of France and Holland.

The larger boat is described as a steam yacht belonging to a Hamstead vicar and is called "Don Roderic". The canal is said to be its winter mooring.

Here's an interesting thing for those of you interested in ice cream, a related subject to a museum in an ice house. Alt...
13/06/2020

Here's an interesting thing for those of you interested in ice cream, a related subject to a museum in an ice house. Although it is about cookery, we have been given a letter signed by the good Mrs Agnes Marshall herself, in her own hand, in 1898. This was found behind a door frame during some building works and given to the museum. There is more about the Queen of ice Cream here:
https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/ice/marshall.htm

04/06/2020
Waterways Awakened

Illustrated talk Thursday 4th June - Waterways Awakened, by Tim Lewis - the work of the London Waterway Recovery Group

04/06/2020

London Waterways Recovery Group on location, restoring canals for your benefit! This is the subject of tonight's talk by Tim Lewis, who co-ordinates the London group. Join us on Zoom. The link to register is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HCtXT-02QEOTCLjbWqdrbA and it is free of charge so do join us for the June First Thursday talk. These talks will continue online until it is possible to resume meetings in the museum face to face, first Thursday of the month, at 1930.

02/06/2020

This Thursday 7.30p.m. s talk by Tim Lewis about the restoration work of the London Waterways Recovery Group. Go to www.lcm.me.uk/wo to register for our monthly online talks.

28/05/2020
Weddings - London Canal Museum

This video compilation is for anyone thinking of marriage or anyone who has attended a wedding at the museum - it has a jaunty tune and we think it is quite uplifting and a nice reminder of happier days. If you're thinking of marriage it paints a picture of what a wedding is like.

A compilation of images of weddings at London Canal Museum, running through a typical event from the arrival to the dancing at the end. Accompanied by an upb...

Terry O'Connor (pictured at London Canal Museum) had fascinating memories to tell, which were recorded in 2009. His fath...
21/05/2020
My Friends, the Boat Children

Terry O'Connor (pictured at London Canal Museum) had fascinating memories to tell, which were recorded in 2009. His father was an illegal bookmaker, and they lived 100 yards from Paddington Basin. Terry made friends with the canal boat children despite the discouragement of his disapproving mother. He remembers what the boat families ate, what they wore, and the small school for boat children at Paddington, (which was in fact run by the Church of England). Hear him recaling the alphabet chants in a little song! This is an important memoir of the lives of the canal boat population in around 1930 as seen by a local lad who counted them as friends. This is a gem from our oral history collection and of interest to anyone who wants to learn a bit more about the social history of the canals.

https://soundcloud.com/canalmuseum/terry-oconnor

Terry O'Connor (pictured at London Canal Museum) had fascinating memories to tell, which were recorded in 2009. His father was an illegal bookmaker, and they lived 100 yards from Paddington Basin. Ter

New on Soundcloud, Bert Smith talking about his memories of the London Canal Museum building, a former ice warehouse tha...
21/05/2020
The Ice House Building Remembered

New on Soundcloud, Bert Smith talking about his memories of the London Canal Museum building, a former ice warehouse that in the 1950s was used as a warehouse for Italian food. This will be of interest to people interested in food distribution and the changing tastes of Londoners. Pasta was a bit exotic!

Bert Smith describes the building that is now the London Canal Museum, a former ice warehouse, in the 1950s when it stored large quantities of pasta and other Italian foods for distribution around Lon

A new enjoy-at-home resource has been added to our website. A virtual tour of London's longest flight of locks at Hanwel...
20/05/2020

A new enjoy-at-home resource has been added to our website. A virtual tour of London's longest flight of locks at Hanwell includes recent and archive images, explanations of curiosities, and more. From the safety of home, go on a fascinating canal tour with us!
https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/hanwelltour/hanwell1.htm

Here are two recent pictures of a canal-related location somewhere in England.  Can you name it?
19/05/2020

Here are two recent pictures of a canal-related location somewhere in England. Can you name it?

Another narrowboat picture - this is the steam narrowboat President, preserved and working, pictured in 2012 at Stoke Br...
15/05/2020

Another narrowboat picture - this is the steam narrowboat President, preserved and working, pictured in 2012 at Stoke Bruerne. Get your family under 14s drawing for our draw-a-narrowboat competition:

https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/drawnarrowboat.htm

Forget me not. As well as the second world war we remember the first and we still have copies of this book about how can...
10/05/2020

Forget me not. As well as the second world war we remember the first and we still have copies of this book about how canals were used by British forces in World War One in France and Belgium. http://lcm.me.uk/bo to get a copy.

Another new edited version of an oral history recording has been posted on our Soundcloud feed. George Smith was recorde...
09/05/2020
George Smith -childhood on a workng boat

Another new edited version of an oral history recording has been posted on our Soundcloud feed. George Smith was recorded in 2005. He can be difficult to understand so there is a transcript available athttps://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/collection/transcript-george-smith.pdf This transcript was made from the original not the edited version so will not be an exact match. George was one of the last to remember the days of family working boats and being brought up on them with all the hardships of living afloat from poor food to poor sanitation. This recording is one of the few we have of genuine boat people talking about their own memories of the often-romanticised days of painted boats on our canals.

George Smith was interviewed in 2005 by London Canal Museum at his home near Nuneaton. He grew up living on a boat and was one of the last of the generation that were brought up on working canal narro

On this anniversary day another posting of a picture of the two "Idle women" badges that we have in our collection from ...
08/05/2020

On this anniversary day another posting of a picture of the two "Idle women" badges that we have in our collection from the second world war. They were worn by female boat crews keeping materials moving on the canals for the war effort.

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12-13 New Wharf Road
London
N1 9RT

King's Cross Underground and main line stations are about a five-minute walk St. Pancras International station 10 minutes walk Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station (London Overground) and Euston stations are about a 15 minute walk. Buses 91, 17 (northbound) and 390 (southbound) stop in Wharfdale Road, 2 minutes from us. Numerous bus routes serve King's Cross station (5 minutes' walk)

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A museum on two floors devoted to london's canals and to the victorian ice trade for which the building was originally constructed. The museum is situated alongside Battlebridge Basin on the Regent's Canal, which is something of an urban beauty spot. The building is a former ice warehouse. The exhibitions tell the story of London's canals, their horses, people, cargoes and engineering, and also of the ice trade.

Opening Hours

Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30

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02077130836

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my name is Ryan Claridge i was just wondering if you can help me please thank you i was just wondering please can you tell me just out of curiosity the official email address and page to contact the the official events and management company who are promoting directing and producing ’London Canal Museum also please can you tell me just out of curiosity the website addresses official email addresses and pages to contact the show website of London Canal Museum also please can you tell me just out of curiosity When will the full list of 2020 and 2021 shows and events for London Canal Museum be ready and released also what shows and events will London Canal Museum take part in throughout 2020 and 2021 Any way you can help answer my question regarding this query would be very much appreciated please thank you from Ryan claridge
In Islington Tribune last Friday... Relevant to removing 1,200+ heavy lorries from Islington streets
In Islington Tribune, Fri 28 Feb
Broken wharf
A thoughtful touch on the canal...
Not only did we post a video preview yesterday, but there's another different one today, both for the Emerge Festival. Now, if you follow us regularly on Facebook, you may perhaps be getting bored with postings about Emerge but do bear with us, we'll be back on canal history afterwards! Emerge is aimed especially at younger adults (but all are welcome and our event is really for all ages). So if you're one of our loyal supporters and friends, please share this with any individuals or groups interested in the arts, music, and fun experiences in London, especially younger adults - we're working here to encourage new audiences to appreciate and enjoy museums and the canals alike - we're sure you'll want to help with that! So enjoy the little slideshow and preview, and click on that share button!
Hello All, anyone know how I can contact Tony Byfield regarding canal tractor drivers,Old Ford Lock 1960's? TIA 😊
There does not seem to be any mention of the ice works at 120 queeensbridge Road where we used to live my father used to look after all the horse and work in the iceworks My bedroom was right opposite the ice making took place and then they used to send the4cwt blocks down the chute then loaded onto the carts. What was left was then stowed away into the very big wells The tools my father used was call ice dogs and ice picks. We lived there from 1945 till 1962.
Came across this building near Paddington (Junction Mews). Do you have any more info about it? Who built it, why and when?
Had a lovely visit with the children yesterday thank you. Your guided walk from Camden to the museum was just right to create a 'tick-list' quiz for them on the way. 7 yr old liked trying out knots, 10 yr old enjoyed listening to the interactive displays and I loved relaxing on your chairs overlooking the canal basin at the back!