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.

Operating as usual

Yesterday we had a visit from the Wide Beam Hotel Boat 'Tranquil Rose' :-)
31/05/2021

Yesterday we had a visit from the Wide Beam Hotel Boat 'Tranquil Rose' :-)

Yesterday we had a visit from the Wide Beam Hotel Boat 'Tranquil Rose' :-)

It's bank holiday, the sun is shining, we are open until 1630. Nice day to walk the canal and visit the museum
31/05/2021

It's bank holiday, the sun is shining, we are open until 1630. Nice day to walk the canal and visit the museum

It's bank holiday, the sun is shining, we are open until 1630. Nice day to walk the canal and visit the museum

This weekend, including Monday, kids get s free takeaway activity, make a shiny picture frame!
28/05/2021

This weekend, including Monday, kids get s free takeaway activity, make a shiny picture frame!

This weekend, including Monday, kids get s free takeaway activity, make a shiny picture frame!

Our Coronis boaters have acquired a few extra home comforts recently. A new mattress and pillows will make sleeping easi...
27/05/2021

Our Coronis boaters have acquired a few extra home comforts recently. A new mattress and pillows will make sleeping easier and there are now plates and mugs, too!

Our Coronis boaters have acquired a few extra home comforts recently. A new mattress and pillows will make sleeping easier and there are now plates and mugs, too!

We are adding some family-friendly steps for our smaller visitors..... Open Friday to Sunday and bank holiday Mondays fr...
20/05/2021

We are adding some family-friendly steps for our smaller visitors..... Open Friday to Sunday and bank holiday Mondays from now on.

We are adding some family-friendly steps for our smaller visitors..... Open Friday to Sunday and bank holiday Mondays from now on.

After months the model lock is working again! We had a long delay getting spare parts specially made during lockdown. We...
20/05/2021

After months the model lock is working again! We had a long delay getting spare parts specially made during lockdown. We re-open Fridays to Sundays plus bank holiday Monday, from tomorrow.

After months the model lock is working again! We had a long delay getting spare parts specially made during lockdown. We re-open Fridays to Sundays plus bank holiday Monday, from tomorrow.

Step up!Our smaller visitors will now be able to use the new steps around the museum to view some of our exhibits when w...
18/05/2021

Step up!
Our smaller visitors will now be able to use the new steps around the museum to view some of our exhibits when we reopen on Friday 🙂

Step up!
Our smaller visitors will now be able to use the new steps around the museum to view some of our exhibits when we reopen on Friday 🙂

The museum will re-open on Friday 21st May and will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus bank holiday Mondays.We ai...
13/05/2021

The museum will re-open on Friday 21st May and will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus bank holiday Mondays.

We aim to increase the days of opening as soon as possible. At present not enough of our volunteers are available to enable the full six-day opening to be resumed.

We look forward to seeing you once again!

The museum will re-open on Friday 21st May and will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus bank holiday Mondays.

We aim to increase the days of opening as soon as possible. At present not enough of our volunteers are available to enable the full six-day opening to be resumed.

We look forward to seeing you once again!

Meet our new acquisition! As part of our family activity plan we commissioned blacksmith Mark Harding Blacksmith to make...
09/05/2021

Meet our new acquisition! As part of our family activity plan we commissioned blacksmith Mark Harding Blacksmith to make these beautiful 2/3 scale ice dogs to form part of a hands-on trail around the museum.

Meet our new acquisition! As part of our family activity plan we commissioned blacksmith Mark Harding Blacksmith to make these beautiful 2/3 scale ice dogs to form part of a hands-on trail around the museum.

06/05/2021
Illustrated Talk - May. Waterway Park for All

Waterway Park for All - the Bedford to Milton Keynes Link by Steve Ashley. The idea of linking the Grand Union Canal, by a new 'cut', to the Great Ouse at Bedford has long been mooted. Steve explains how this project now might be achieved and details the local groups' plans to bring this about.

Thursday 6th May at 1930, our monthly illustrated talk is on the Milton Keynes to Bedford waterway link plan. Could this...
03/05/2021

Thursday 6th May at 1930, our monthly illustrated talk is on the Milton Keynes to Bedford waterway link plan. Could this lake be part of a new route? Go to www.canalmuseum.org.uk/whatson to register, it is free on Zoom.

Thursday 6th May at 1930, our monthly illustrated talk is on the Milton Keynes to Bedford waterway link plan. Could this lake be part of a new route? Go to www.canalmuseum.org.uk/whatson to register, it is free on Zoom.

BBC One - Countryfile, Canals
08/04/2021
BBC One - Countryfile, Canals

BBC One - Countryfile, Canals

Tom Heap and Margherita Taylor look at the impact of canals on our countryside.

Here are a few more pictures of the Manchester Ship Canal taken in 2017 from the deck of the wondeful The Danny - Daniel...
01/04/2021

Here are a few more pictures of the Manchester Ship Canal taken in 2017 from the deck of the wondeful The Danny - Daniel Adamson a 1903 steamship with a unique story to remind you that tonight's talk by Richard Thomas is on the Manchester Ship Canal. The talk will also be live on this London Canal Museum page. Get the Zoom link by going to https://canalmuseum.org.uk/whatson

This news cutting, probably dating from the 1950s, has been acquired recently. The girder was made in London and transpo...
26/03/2021

This news cutting, probably dating from the 1950s, has been acquired recently. The girder was made in London and transported by rail from Marylebone. It is destined for the Grand Union Canal at New Cross. Your immediate thought might be that New Cross is on the Croydon canal. However we think this might have been destined for somewhere else, the girder would not have been sent to Marylebone on its way to south-east London. There is a New Cross on the Birmingham Canal Navigations near Horseley Fields Junction. Perhaps there are other places? One for our followers to comment on!

This news cutting, probably dating from the 1950s, has been acquired recently. The girder was made in London and transported by rail from Marylebone. It is destined for the Grand Union Canal at New Cross. Your immediate thought might be that New Cross is on the Croydon canal. However we think this might have been destined for somewhere else, the girder would not have been sent to Marylebone on its way to south-east London. There is a New Cross on the Birmingham Canal Navigations near Horseley Fields Junction. Perhaps there are other places? One for our followers to comment on!

We have now installed a digital display screen at our reception in readiness for re-opening in May. The screen will be u...
24/03/2021

We have now installed a digital display screen at our reception in readiness for re-opening in May. The screen will be used for messages about things we offer that visitors might not be aware of, shop offers, forthcoming events etc.

Testing a new digital signage screen that will be installed at reception to remind visitors about things we do and offer...
15/03/2021

Testing a new digital signage screen that will be installed at reception to remind visitors about things we do and offer!

Testing a new digital signage screen that will be installed at reception to remind visitors about things we do and offer!

Many of you know that we have a 1960 Wickham towpath tractor on display in the museum. Before that, introduced in 1952, ...
02/03/2021

Many of you know that we have a 1960 Wickham towpath tractor on display in the museum. Before that, introduced in 1952, there was the Garner tractors and these survived alongside the Wickham machines, until the 1970s. Photographs and memories of the Garner tractors are not very numerous. However, we have recently managed to obtain a very rare advertising leaflet for "The Wonderful Garner Haulage Tractor", and this will be safely kept in our archives. The Garner tractors had petrol engines and were a common sight on the London canals in the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. We now have a technical specification and even a price list! The existence of this leaflet has been known for some time. Finding one was a stroke of luck!

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.

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!

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.

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

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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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 😊