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London Museum of Canals, Inland Waterways, the Victorian Ice trade
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Only a few days to go before our #museumsatnight concert by Italian composer Rosolini di Salvo and his ensemble with art and dance as well.

There's a preview of the atmospheric music on offer on Youtube:

https://youtu.be/Y6myjCRGqkc

Have a look at this and book at http://lcm.me.uk/bk



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This Saturday we will be hosting a concert for #museumsatnight the annual festival of museums that runs into the evening at museums all over Europe. This year we welcome Italian composer Rossini di Salvo who, with a team of artists and musicians, will be putting on a show that's a sensory experience, not just a concert. Music, dance and art fuse into an unusual musical performance using electro-accoustic music to create an immersive experience.

http://canalmuseum.org.uk/man

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16/05/2017
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Carlo Gatti not only built our building to store Norwegian ice, he also had a restaurant business. Artifacts from Gatti's days are few and far between but we have managed to buy this teapot for our collection. It is badged "Carlo Gatti" and almost certainly came from one of his catering outlets.

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If you are interested in the history of how Britain became a wealthy industrial nation, James Brindley was a man in whom you should be interested. He engineered our first major canal and from that beginning flowed the industrial revolution. Until 24th September see the big exhibition Brindley 300, from the National Waterways Museum, now showing in London at the London Canal Museum. Last year marked 300 years since him birth. This photo of the great man's gravestone was taken in the 1960s but does not feature in the exhibition.
The museum and exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday 10-1630 plus bank holiday Mondays and until 1930 on the first Thursday of each month.
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On Wednesday we have a theatre performance by Alarum Theatre Company at the museum. Today there was a launch event at Bull's Bridge Junction in west London, where once there was a Grand Union Canany depot. This was the starting point for the wartime "Idle Women" who kept essential war cargo moving between London and Birmingham. The show tells their story. Book at http://lcm.me.uk/bk

The narrowboat Tench was built at Northwich in 1934 for Fellows Moreton and Clayton and was in service during the war. After the war it was in the British Waterways fleet and later derelict, then restored by a private owner. It has never been converted from its original state although the timber bottom has been replaced by steel. This is the boat being used for the tour.
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22/04/2017
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We have an Easter bunny hunt this weekend. Find the bunnies, spell a word, claim a treat. Here are the hidden bunnies. Can you find them all? We are open Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday. 
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Alarum Theatre is coming to London Canal Museum on April 26th.

A double bill of theatre, poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of World War II when a shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal. Young women, later nicknamed ‘Idle Women’, took on the challenge of managing a pair of 72ft narrow boats and 50 tons of cargo. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the start of the women’s training scheme, Kate Saffin and Heather Wastie will bring Isobel’s War and Idle Women and Judies to waterside (and nearby) venues, recreating the journey the women took (London-Birmingham-Coventry-London). Travelling with the show will be historic narrow boat Tench steered and crewed by women.



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Tonight an illustrated talk @1930 on trailboat rallies. Admission £4. No need to book.
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Another set of pictures of Her Royal Highness's visit to the museum on 10th March 2017 to open the new Boats and Cargoes exhibition and view other completed major projects. 
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More pictures of HRH The Princess Royal 10/3/17
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A selection of pictures from the visit by HRH The Princess Royal on 10th March 2017. Her Royal Highness officially opened the exhibition Boats and Cargoes, and viewed the other projects being celebrated 25 years on from her first visit when she officially opened the museum on 9th March 1992. The projects completed are:
-Boats and Cargoes, a major new exhibition
-Refurbishment and improvement to the main toilets
-Refurbished exhibition London's Living Waterways
-New heating and cooling system in the building

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11/03/2017
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