Princess Anne visited The London Canal Museum earlier this week to open its largest ever development programme.
The new development programme is being launched to celebrate that the museum has been open for a staggering 25 years.
To commemorate the anniversary the Princess Royal, who is the patron of the museum, unveiled the new exhibitions in the development programme. The new exhibitions include ‘London’s Living Waterways’ and ‘Boats and Cargoes.’ The ‘London Living Waterways’ exhibition has been updated. Teams made up of researchers for the museum have ‘explored the human interest stories of the waterways.’ The ‘Boats and Cargoes’ exhibition is ‘research into the craft and cargoes that operated on London’s canals and the River Thames from the earliest times.’
So what is the London Canal Museum?
Situated in Kings Cross London, the museum displays information about London’s canals. The museum sets out to explore the history of canals and boats in England and the ice industry in London. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am up until 4:30 pm. The museum, unfortunately, isn’t free of charge, but prices vary from £2.00 to £10.00.
Princess Anne has been the patron of the museum since 1992 when it first opened.
Chair of the Canal Museum Trust, Martin Sach said: “We are delighted that HRH Princess Anne has continued her interest and support of the museum with her eighth visit over a quarter of a century and seen how the museum has developed strongly since its early days.”
Mr Sach also says: “We are also grateful to the original trustees who purchased our Victorian ice warehouse building which has given us such a wonderful place to use as a museum, and opportunity to tell the story of the Ice Trade.”
The Princess Royal was seen speaking to volunteers during her visit.
Mr Sach said: “It was lovely to see the Princess engaging with our volunteers on her visit today.”