London Canal Museum

London Canal Museum London's museum of inland waterways and the former ice trade housed in a waterside former ice warehouse. The museum is closed for the duration of "Tier 3" restrictions in London.
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We hope to open three days per week Friday to Sunday this winter and will resume these hours as soon as we can. In normal times we are open Tuesday to Sunday and will resume those hours when possible in 2021.

Temporarily closed

Congratulations to Adan Reyes-Sanchez on winning one of the runner-up prizes in our Regent's 200 Photograph competition....
06/02/2021

Congratulations to Adan Reyes-Sanchez on winning one of the runner-up prizes in our Regent's 200 Photograph competition. This atmospheric pictures is of the flats behind Sainsbury's in Camden Town.

04/02/2021

We apologise for the abandonment of tonight's monthly Illustrated Talk. Our planned speaker did not attend and we were unable to make contact. We don't yet know the reason. orry for the disappointment.

We are delighted to congratulate Dave Feaster on winning the museum's Regent's Canal 200 photographic competition with t...
02/02/2021

We are delighted to congratulate Dave Feaster on winning the museum's Regent's Canal 200 photographic competition with the stunning picture taken at Camden, below. His atmospheric image won the approval of all three of the judges. The photo competition was originally planned to be one of many events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the canal, but in the end turned out to be one of the few things that actually happened. Well done to Dave and thanks to all the entrants for contributing to an archive of images of the canal in its 200th year. We'll keep you waiting a day or two to show you the two runner-up winners!

Many of you will have watched Lady Gaga singing the USA National Anthem at the inauguration of the new President today. ...
20/01/2021
Sir William Congreve, 2nd Baronet - Wikipedia

Many of you will have watched Lady Gaga singing the USA National Anthem at the inauguration of the new President today. One of the lines in the anthem is: "And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air". This is a reference to Congreve's rockets. William Congreve invented these military rockets and they were used against the French as well as in the American War of Independence. Congreve was a great inventor. One of his inventions was the Hydro-pneumatic lock, that was installed, briefly, at Camden Town on The Regent's Canal. So there is a connection between The Regent's Canal and today's presidential inauguration across the Atlantic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_William_Congreve,_2nd_Baronet

Sir William Congreve, 2nd Baronet KCH FRS (20 May 1772 – 16 May 1828) was an English inventor and rocket artillery pioneer distinguished for his development and deployment of Congreve rockets, and a Tory Member of Parliament (MP).

The museum may be closed but the staff come in to do maintenance work now and again.
19/01/2021

The museum may be closed but the staff come in to do maintenance work now and again.

We now have our 2021 calendar available to buy online. The pictures are a mixture of archive shots, museum shots, and  c...
26/12/2020

We now have our 2021 calendar available to buy online. The pictures are a mixture of archive shots, museum shots, and canal shots, and is £4.99 including UK postage. Get it here:
https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/buybooks.htm

19/12/2020

We are currently closed but shops are open in London so we are opening the shop only on Monday 21st 1600-2000 for canally Christmas shopping. No access to exhibitions.

15/12/2020

Unfortunately Tier 3 in London means we have to remain closed until London goes down a tier once again. In the event of Tier 3 ending after Christmas we're planning to be open 27th-30th December.

London Canal Museum's cover photo
12/12/2020

London Canal Museum's cover photo

Our most recent Illustrated Talk "Revolution at Limehouse" by Jeremy Batch is now on YouTube:https://youtube.com/canalmu...
05/12/2020
London Canal Museum

Our most recent Illustrated Talk "Revolution at Limehouse" by Jeremy Batch is now on YouTube:
https://youtube.com/canalmuseum

London's museum of inland waterways and of the Victorian ice trade, set in a former ice warehouse at King's Cross in central London. We tell the story of Lon...

An extract from a document in in the museum archive, a 1988 proposal to develop Battlebridge Basin with  bridge over the...
21/11/2020

An extract from a document in in the museum archive, a 1988 proposal to develop Battlebridge Basin with bridge over the entrance and a floating canal museum!

A picture by Mary Gibby in the Museum archive showing Battlebridge Basin being dredged in 1984, the Museum is on the lef...
02/11/2020

A picture by Mary Gibby in the Museum archive showing Battlebridge Basin being dredged in 1984, the Museum is on the left

02/11/2020

Our Regent's Canal Photography Competition is now closed to new entries. Many thanks to those who have entered it. We will now get on with judging..

We have a few unidentified pictures that were uploaded before the deadline - but we don't know who entered them because they did not change the file name to something that identified whose pictures they were.

If you uploaded a picture but you did not change the file name to include YOUR name, please get in touch by e-mail ([email protected]) to help us identify your picture.

Tonight's announcement from the government means that all museums in England will have to close from Thursday. We will b...
31/10/2020

Tonight's announcement from the government means that all museums in England will have to close from Thursday. We will be open 1st November then closed until 4th December.

Last day today to enter out photo competition. £300 first prize. Take pictures of The Regent's Canal in its 200th year. ...
31/10/2020

Last day today to enter out photo competition. £300 first prize. Take pictures of The Regent's Canal in its 200th year. Go to https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/whatson/rc200photo.htm for all the details. You can take night time pictures as well but there are just a few daylight hours left! Pictures will form an archive for future generations.

Last day Saturday to enter our 200th anniversary photo competition. Pictures of The Regent's Canal for an archive of the...
29/10/2020

Last day Saturday to enter our 200th anniversary photo competition. Pictures of The Regent's Canal for an archive of the canal in its 200th year. The rain should not put you off if you have not yet taken your shot. We are not only looking for sunshine snaps! Take pictures of any part of The Regent's Canal. Top prize £300. You can enter up to three pictures. Read the full terms at https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/whatson/rc200photo.htm and upload or email your masterpiece. You're going to contribute to history, these pictures will be seen by future historians!

Light or dark? The choice is yours. Pictures entered in our photography competition (closing date 31st October) don't ha...
27/10/2020

Light or dark? The choice is yours. Pictures entered in our photography competition (closing date 31st October) don't have to be chocolate box pictures in fact we welcome pictures that show things that will be of interest to future historians, as the pictures will be archived for the future. Get snapping and enter up to three pictures.
https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/whatson/rc200photo.htm

There are only a few days left to enter our photography competition, it ends on 31st October. Top prize is £300. We are ...
25/10/2020

There are only a few days left to enter our photography competition, it ends on 31st October. Top prize is £300. We are creating an archive of pictures of the canal in 2020 for the benefit of future generations. Go to the page https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/whatson/rc200photo.htm to read the full details and rules. Your pictures can be daytime, nighttime, rain, sunshine, pretty, or just pretty interesting. Get snapping and enter by the deadline!

From our archive comes an old proposal to infill the pool at Little Venice with moorings and floating homes!
20/10/2020

From our archive comes an old proposal to infill the pool at Little Venice with moorings and floating homes!

Wildlife is a possible subject for your entry in our photo competition to mark 200 years of the Regent's Canal. Despite ...
19/10/2020

Wildlife is a possible subject for your entry in our photo competition to mark 200 years of the Regent's Canal. Despite this annus covidius you can still go out and take pictures along the canal! #regents200 http://lcm.me.uk/ph This picture shows our local cormorant.

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...

Last Thursday's Illustrated talk, held on Zoom, attracted a large audience and enthusiastic praise. it has now been uplo...
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

Address

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)

General information

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
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+442077130836

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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 😊