London Canal Museum

London Canal Museum London's museum of inland waterways and the former ice trade housed in a waterside former ice warehouse.
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We are open on bank holiday Mondays and have a late opening on the first Thursday of each month to 1930.

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.

Today we celebrate the end of the second world war, whilst in the middle of a different sort of struggle.  Here are pict...
08/05/2020

Today we celebrate the end of the second world war, whilst in the middle of a different sort of struggle. Here are pictures of the late Herbert Arthur Farrand Radley (1916-2010) who was a great canal enthusiast and speaker on canal topics, and an active member of the IWA. He said little about his military past but was in fact something of a war hero having been an officer in the Special Operations Executive in Europe during the war.

There are oral history recordings of Farrand, as he preferred to be called, on the Imperial War Museum website and also on the London Canal Museum Soundcloud feed, covering these different aspects of his long and busy life.

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80008570

https://soundcloud.com/canalmuseum/war-hero-turned-canal-hero

Pictures of Farrand are here, and also a sample of one of his pictures, taken at National Waterways Festival, Brentford, August 1986. We are fortunate to have his photo collection in the museum archive. He was the main founder of Cannie Cavalcade (Canalway Cavalcade) in 1983, which has continued every year until this year's necessary cancellation.

Farrand was always extremely modest about his achievements on the canal front, never mind the far more dangerous and brave work he undertook in the war. Let us remember this war hero turned canal hero on this anniversary day.

06/05/2020

No need to beware of tractors now, they've all left the towpath. Learn about this important part of London's canal history tomorrow at 1930. Webinar link on http://lcm.me.uk/CV Free.

05/05/2020
Meet the Author: Carolyn Clark

A recording of our interview with Author Carolyn Clark, about the book The East End Canal Tales, a social history of the working communities who lived worked and played besides The Regent's Canal in the years after World Ward Two.

An interview with the author Carolyn Clark, a community historian who has studied the working communities who lived worked and played beside the Regent's Can...

Are you a Zoomer? If you use the popular video conference tool during these strange times and perhaps long-term, get our...
04/05/2020
Zoom Backgrounds

Are you a Zoomer? If you use the popular video conference tool during these strange times and perhaps long-term, get our free backgrounds for Zoom. There is a choice of 12 attractive London canal scenes to use as your background so people will not see your untidy room!

https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/zoom-backgrounds.htm

Free canal background pictures for Zoom

Another narrowboat picture. Get those kids drawing narrowboats for our competition (https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/drawn...
03/05/2020

Another narrowboat picture. Get those kids drawing narrowboats for our competition (https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/drawnarrowboat.htm) but adults can do all sorts of other things via our website and social media. See our updated home page, we're the online canal museum right now.

New posting on our Soundcloud feed - The Ice Delivery Man. Made in 2004, this recording is about memories of the final y...
02/05/2020
The Ice Delivery Man

New posting on our Soundcloud feed - The Ice Delivery Man. Made in 2004, this recording is about memories of the final years of the traditional ice trade, using man-made blocks of ice. Hear about the rounds, the manufacturing, and a way of working that dated back to Carlo Gatti's day.

A recording made in 2004 of the son of an ice delivery worker who used to accompany his father. He has plenty to say about his memories and the family of Italian emigres from which he hailed. He descr

New on Soundcloud, the wide-ranging memories of the late Diana Guerney, a fighter for the survival of The Regenet's Cana...
01/05/2020
Fighting to Save the Regent's Canal

New on Soundcloud, the wide-ranging memories of the late Diana Guerney, a fighter for the survival of The Regenet's Canal and one of the founding trustees of the museum.

The late Diana Guerney was one of the founding trustees of the London Canal Museum but long before the museum existed was watching and fighting for the canal itself. She recalls seeing horse-drawn boa

The East End Canal Tales "Meet The Author" event is coming up on Tuesday and we are getting regular orders through the w...
01/05/2020

The East End Canal Tales "Meet The Author" event is coming up on Tuesday and we are getting regular orders through the website and we're generally dispatching quite quickly using the Royal Mail print-your-own-label services. Register at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ResLGem1TwqHnQHYZHFeyA

and ask Carolyn your own questions about canalside working life in the 1950s and 1960s.

Another day, another narrowboat. Do get the kids drawing this weekend, and no, not drawing a salary or a pension, but dr...
01/05/2020

Another day, another narrowboat. Do get the kids drawing this weekend, and no, not drawing a salary or a pension, but drawing a narrowboat and entering in our draw-a-narrowboat competition.

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

Today another narrowboat picture and a reminder that we're running a competition for the under 14s to draw a narrowboat ...
30/04/2020

Today another narrowboat picture and a reminder that we're running a competition for the under 14s to draw a narrowboat picture and send in a digital version to win a price!

The competition runs on Facebook and you can read all the detail on a special web page:
https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/drawnarrowboat.htm

We don't  get involved in politucs but the "Raise the Bar" campaign is directly relevant to the museum. Businesses like ...
27/04/2020
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We don't get involved in politucs but the "Raise the Bar" campaign is directly relevant to the museum. Businesses like ourselves get no government support at all despite the huge loss of income during closure. Our rateable value is more than £51,000 so despite the loss of thousands every month we currently get nothing. The raise-the-bar campaign aims to persuade the government to increae the threshold, which would enable us to claim £25,000 - far less than the loss of income is expected to be, but a help all the same!

HELP US #RAISETHEBAR THE UK'S RETAIL, LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES NEED YOU SIGN THE PETITION TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT SIGN HERE Tens of thousands of shops, pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels and leisure businesses on our High Streets, town centres and in our communities are currently unable to acce...

Today's narrowboat picture - we'll be posting one each day for a while. If you have kids, grandkids, etc they can enter ...
27/04/2020

Today's narrowboat picture - we'll be posting one each day for a while. If you have kids, grandkids, etc they can enter our draw-a-narrowboat competition, it is completely free and there are prizes on offer for the best drawings.

Go to
https://www.facebook.com/canalmuseum/app/190076381016644/?ref=page_internal

to enter.
The full rules are available on our website but it is currently out of service due to an ISP issue - back soon, hopefully!

This recently-obtained picture shows two narrowboats and it is believed they are on The Regent's Canal. Can you identify...
26/04/2020

This recently-obtained picture shows two narrowboats and it is believed they are on The Regent's Canal. Can you identify the location? It could well date from the 1920s aswe can see horse transport in use. The bridge should identify the location along with the gasholders.

This is another inspiration to get your under 14s entering our draw-a-narrowboat competition with your help. For the details go to https://canalmuseum.org.uk/drawnarrowboat or find the competition tab on this page.

Keep the family busy at home and do something creative and fun by inviting your under 14 family members to enter our Dra...
25/04/2020
Competition: Draw a Narrowboat - for Under 14s

Keep the family busy at home and do something creative and fun by inviting your under 14 family members to enter our Draw a Narrowboat competition. Run on our page, it is free to enter and there are prizes to be won and the glory of winning awaits three talented artists! All they need to do is draw a picture of a narrowboat, then take a scan or photo of it, and upload it via the app on our page. The best three will win prizes. For the full details and the competition rules see https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/drawnarrowboat.htm and then enter using the Facebook app. We will also accept entries by e-mail as long as they include the same information. Use [email protected] Get the kids drawing!

Fill-in this short form and upload a picture of the masterpiece for your chance to win a prize!

25/04/2020

We have published these two fascinating books and we are open for online orders. Buy both and we will refund £1.50. https://canalmuseum.org.uk/buy books.htm

There are many photographs around of Three Bridges,  just up from Hanwell Locks, but this one on a postcard that we rece...
23/04/2020

There are many photographs around of Three Bridges, just up from Hanwell Locks, but this one on a postcard that we recently obtained, is a bit more interesting than most as there's a passenger train passing under the canal and the road above. No doubt someone will tell us all the class of locomotive and might be able to date the picture. The passenger service was withdrawn in 1942 so it is probably earlier than that.

The old and the new over time. The way is paved for you to buy the new edition! The original brown cover wasn't the most...
23/04/2020

The old and the new over time. The way is paved for you to buy the new edition! The original brown cover wasn't the most attractive, the new one features a picture of the portrait of Gatti that is still owned by his descendants, who kindly gave permission and a copy of the picture. This is a really interesting account of a rarely-told story about the ice trade and a remarkable man.

https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/books

Just added to our SoundCloud feed, a newly edited version of a recording with Richard, the last Horse Driver on The Rege...
22/04/2020
The Last Horse Driver on London Canals

Just added to our SoundCloud feed, a newly edited version of a recording with Richard, the last Horse Driver on The Regent's Canal. It is really entertaining, he tells stories of a way of life long gone, and you can sence the cameraderie of the workers, as well as a disregard for health and safety that we'd find rather shocking today. Horses were hard at work on London's canals until the 1950s and Richard still regretted their passing when interviewed in 2005. Sadly Richard is no longer with us.

https://soundcloud.com/canalmuseum/the-last-horse-driver-on-london-canals

Recorded by London Canal Museum in 2005, the late Richard Mack was possibly the last surviving horse driver of the London Canals. At the age of 20, fresh out of the Army, he got a job leading horses

The book has been launched and is now available to buy on our website at https://canalmuseum.org.uk/books at £12 includi...
19/04/2020

The book has been launched and is now available to buy on our website at https://canalmuseum.org.uk/books at £12 including UK postage. Coffee and Ices, by Felicity Kinross, is the biography of Carlo Gatti, Swiss entrepreneur extraordinaire, and the builder of the London Canal Museum building. Obviously we're not selling it in the museum right now but we have arrangements in place to sell this by post, even though it won't fit in the post boxes shown in the pictures!

The webinar launching the second edition of Coffee and Ices starts AT 1930 herehttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81188985172
19/04/2020
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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

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 10:00 - 16:30

Telephone

02077130836

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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!
Some very good pictures:
Published: Saturday 25 June 1955 Newspaper: Illustrated London News