Monthly illustrated talk, by Giles Eye, on City Road Basin
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.
Monthly illustrated talk, by Giles Eye, on City Road Basin
The King's Cross Ice Well in London, England - Abandoned Spaces
In the center of London, near King's Cross station, there is a Victorian ice well, which has been perfectly preserved since it was built in 1857.
Fabulous to have the Angel of Islington here again with a school party from Camden, all safety precautions in place!
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 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...
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.
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 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 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!
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 and Saturdays.
The family that doesn't do #socialdistancing (and has lost a hat). Museum open Fridays and Saturdays.
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 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 precautions in place. Hard to see in the picture but our staff reception desk is now surrounded by Perspex screens!
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.
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
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 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. 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:
Illustrated talk Thursday 4th June - Waterways Awakened, by Tim Lewis - the work of the London Waterway Recovery Group
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.
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.
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...
A quick promotional video for our Hanwell Locks virtual tour - a taster in a few seconds to tempt you to look at:
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.
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 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 Hanwell includes recent and archive images, explanations of curiosities, and more. From the safety of home, go on a fascinating canal tour with us!
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 Bruerne. Get your family under 14s drawing for our draw-a-narrowboat competition:
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 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 the second world war. They were worn by female boat crews keeping materials moving on the canals for the war effort.
May's monthly Illustrated talk
12-13 New Wharf Road
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)
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.
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