Architecture and the waterways

In 1950, after travelling around 600 miles of our network, world-renowned architectural photographer Eric De Maré published The Canals Of England. It remains one of the greatest books about waterways. Join us as we look back at the life and works of a man who continued to celebrate the significance of canals throughout the post-war era.

Boat illustratration

Slow Canals?

Peter Watts explores the curious contradictions of time on our canals – how the perceived idle life stands at odds with the realities of boat life and how the creation of these unhurried thoroughfares was rooted in our lust for speed.