Ever discovered a handwritten note within the pages of a second-hand book and felt like you’d found treasure? Collector of canal books and ephemera, Mick Vedmore shares three of his most prized finds and the secret histories they reveal.
Sit by the fire with traditional music specialist Sam Lee, as he unravels the relationship between water and Britain’s folk heritage
Share in the life and times of John O’Connor, whose romantic vision shapes the way we see waterways today
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.
Meet the boaters, families and time-travelling navvies who stopped by to explore the secret worlds unveiled at St Pancras Lock Open Weekend on 4-5 February 2017
Rope grooves, toll points and glow-in-the-dark mileposts: how to seek out clues to our waterways’ industrial past on your next walk
Alice Lapworth shares tales of her time on the canals in the 1950s, sharing space with a family of 11, sleeping under her parents’ bed and jiving to gramophone music on the towpath.
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.
The history of garments on our waterways
All canals were built during the Industrial Revolution right? Not so. Author Dixe Wills takes a journey along Lincolnshire’s historic Foss Dyke