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London Canal Museum
12/13, New Wharf Road
London N1 9RT
Telephone: (020) 7713 0836
Fax: (020) 7689 6679
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London Canal Museum is situated in the King's Cross area of London, England, beside Battlebridge Basin on the Regent's Canal. The museum was opened in 1992. The building was constructed around 1860 as a warehouse for ice which was imported from Norway by ship and canal barge.
There are two preserved ice wells under the building, one of which may be viewed from the public area of the museum.
The exhibitions cover the following topics:
introduction to UK waterways
canal life (social history)
Lifting and handling cargo
The ice trade
Working horses on the canals and the streets
The Regent's Canal
Water and locks
The museum's Bantam Tug
Changing temporary exhibitions
There are special events, evening illustrated talks, and summer activities for children. The museum is independent and self funded. It is run by volunteers. It is often used as a venue for private functions out of opening hours and this provides income to support it.
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