Friends of The Canal Museum


There are many opportunities for volunteering at the Canal Museum.


There are volunteer teams assisting staff with the care of the museum boat Sculptor, curatorial care and new displays (mainly over the winter months), guiding visitors and providing information, working with schools and giving talks and demonstrations of canal crafts such as 'roses and castles painting', crochet and lace making, rag rug making and ropework. If you have a few hours to spare and would be interested in becoming a more active member please contact us at [email protected] or contact staff at the Canal Museum directly via [email protected]

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Our event sub-committees also welcome new members to assist with the organisation of

events each year. Please contact us at [email protected]

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"Excellent place to visit, informative with very friendly staff, Brian Mayland (volunteer) went out of his way to talk to us and explained some of the exhibits to my 11 yr old with a clear passion for all things canal related. Thank you Brian."


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Do you speak any languages other than English fluently? Our curatorial team are currently seeking funding for a new project which aims to create a series of language cards for our non-English speaking visitors so they can better understand the displays in the Museum.


If you can spare a little time to help the team with written translations we would love to hear from you.


Please contact us at [email protected] or speak to any Council member.

We speak your language...


We are asked regularly if we can provide speakers to give talks about the work of the Friends, or indeed, anything canal related.


We are also interested in having speakers give talks to our members and the wider public at the Canal Museum.


If you can give a canal or waterway related talk we would love to hear from you.


Please let us know by e-mailing us or contact any Council member.

Pop Up Museum with family Saturday afternoon pop-up

"Loved the 'guess what it is' table. We didn't do too bad either"