The Canal Museum
Located in an old corn mill, the museum provides a glimpse of the colourful life of yesteryears' canal people and their traditions. The museum includes examples of the type of clothing worn by boat men and women along with canal painted-ware and the history of the building of Blisworth Tunnel.
Situated in the now unused part of the lock, outside the museum you can see the Weighing Machine which is one of only three ever constructed. Much as weigh bridges operate today, the Weighing Machine was used to calculate how much cargo each boat held by taking the weight of each boat away from the loaded weight.
There is also the audio trail which takes you along the towpath as far as the historic Blisworth Tunnel, explaining the history behind what you see around you.
Bridle Road, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, NN12 7SE
Tel: 01604 862229
Throughout the year there are many events, for full details of 'What's On', please click here.
Friends Of The Canal Museum
The Friends of the Waterways Museum are a group set up in 2006 to support the work of The Waterways Museum through volunteer effort and fundraising. All members receive a quarterly newsletter; invitations to special meetings and events at the museum and concessionary rates of entry. If you would like to find out more about volunteering or the organised events or would like to donate please visit the website.
Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership – Draft Development Plan
The Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership wants your views on whether their initial plans for the development and management of the canal corridor at Stoke Bruerne over the next ten years are the right way to go. Tell them what you think. Copies of the Draft Stoke Bruerne Canal Corridor – Management & Improvement Plan 2014-2024 will be available for consultation along with a feedback/response form in the Canal Museum Café between 1st December until 31st January when the Museum is open, Wednesday-Sunday between 11am and 3pm.
One free tea or coffee for every Stoke Bruerne resident handing in a filled-in feedback/response form - an offer you can’t refuse! Bring a neighbour or friend with you.
Copies of the Plan and response form will also be available on-line at www.stokebruernecanalpartnership.org.uk from 1st December and more information can be obtained by e-mailing Chairman, Helen Westlake at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canal Museum – Winter Opening
The Canal Museum will be closed over the winter for work to install new lighting to the galleries and other building work to upgrade the building. A grant from the Arts Council with additional funding from the Friends of the Canal Museum and the Northampton Branch of the Inland Waterways Association has enabled the replacement of the gallery lighting with new state of the art energy efficient display lighting. However, the café and shop will be open as usual on Wednesdays to Sunday in the winter between 11-3pm.
Proposed Grand Union Canal Conservation Area Appraisal
South Northamptonshire Council have engaged The Conservation Studio to prepare their Proposed Grand Union Canal Conservation Area Appraisal for Public Consultation. Copies can be read on-line at http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/4843.htm The public consultation on these proposals runs for six weeks from 11 November 2013 until 23 December 2013.
Sculpture of Jack James
The Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership is looking into the feasibility of a project to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Canal Museum by commissioning a full size sculpture of Jack James, the ex. boatman and lock keeper who put his own collection of canal memorabilia on display and helped persuade the then British Transport Board to set up the first inland waterways museum at Stoke Bruerne in 1963. Pledges of donations towards the project have already been received, but a lot more needs to be raised before the project can become a reality. If you would more information or would like to register an interest in supporting the project, please e-mail SCBP at email@example.com
Friends of the Canal Museum - AGM
The Friends of the Canal Museum will be holding their AGM and a Social Evening in the Learning Centre to the rear of the Canal Museum at 7.30pm on Thursday 5th December. Wine and nibbles will be available and all are welcome.
Organised by the Friends of the Canal Museum. As the Learning Centre at the Museum will be closed, please check the website at www.friendsofcanalmuseum.org.uk/diary-talks to check the venue. All are welcome. Small donation to help cover expenses appreciated. Meetings start at 8pm.
17th January – Speaker: Kathryn Dodington – The Queen’s Jubilee, River Thames Pageant
21st February – Speaker: John Toy – First Year with my Digital Camera
21st March – Speaker: Malcolm Ranieri – Chasing the Steam Railway
17th April – Speaker: To be Confirmed