Immerse yourself in fascinating oral histories from the Waterways Archive, the national archive for the canal network, exploring the lives of everybody from coal carriers, salt traders and lock keepers to chance encounters on the towpath.
There’s more to old waterway songs than meets the ear. Delve into the stories behind these towpath ditties.
Explore the stories behind these charming but simple homes built for the lock keepers, toll collectors and lengthsmen who maintained our waterways
Join us as we share a pot of tea with Derek Keller, a retired carpenter who has collected a wealth of waterway tales over his years working on our canals
Delve into the stories behind historic watering holes built for leggers, horsemen, dockers, boaters and navvies
The continued restoration of Cuckoo’s Dyke is a past and future success story for revived waterways
London’s lost rivers are now a central feature of the dynamic Olympic Park
How the region’s prettiest canal went from ‘inoffensive sludge’ to a pocket jewel
Explore a once impassable treasure of the north west, now revived following decades of decline
An historic landmark in the post-war transformation of canals in the UK