Jul 142017

The Illustrated talks for the 2017/18 season have been announced and are listed below. Please come along to hear presentations about a variety of subjects from interesting and entertaining speakers in the company of fellow enthusiasts. For details of the venue and more about the Canal Society social meetings, please click here.

Wednesday, 18th October 2017 – 8pm

Clive and Jill Field: ‘History and Restoration of the Cotswold Canals’

The 60 minute presentation takes the audience on a journey through history of the two waterways that make up the Cotswold Canals. We examine the rationale behind the need for water transport to bring heavy materials from the River Severn in Stroud – in 1779! We also consider the influences, past and present, of recreating the 36 mile link between the Rivers Severn and Thames.

Wednesday 15th November 2017 – 8pm

Colin Brown: The RNLI ‘it’s not all at sea’

Our volunteer lifeboat crews rescue 24 people a day. The RNLI is a charity which provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the coast of the UK, plus seasonal lifeguard patrols on over 250 beaches, a Flood Rescue Team, water safety advice and training at home and abroad.


Wednesday 20st December 2017 – 8pm

Dave Williams and Kathryn Killner: ‘Wildlife along the Canal’

The talk will start with a general overview of habitats along the canal and their importance to wildlife. It will then provide some specific information about things to look out for, in particular how to spot signs of otters, water voles and dormice, amongst other species.


Wednesday 17th January 2018 – 8pm

Nathan Ellis: ‘The Thames Tidal Defences’

An introduction to the past, present and future of the Thames Barrier and its associated Gates, tidal Walls and Embankments.


Wednesday 21st February 2018 – 8pm

Dr Roger Squires: ‘Exploring the Caledonian Canal’

The talk will discuss Telford’s masterpiece. A ship canal across Scotland using the natural fault line of the Great Glen and its series of fresh water lochs.


Wednesday 21st March 2018 – 8pm

Deborah Wheeler: ‘Whitchurch Silk Mill’

Join us for a virtual tour of a Georgian silk weaving water mill, see, hear and feel it’s fascinating history and beautiful fabrics. (Photo: Allun Calendar Photography)


Wednesday 18th April 2018 – 8pm

Neil Owen: ‘Canal & River Trust Engineering a 200 Year Old Infrastructure’

The presentation will discuss the way in which Canal & River Trust are managing their Engineering Assets, including future improvement and the implication on the possible adoptions of Waterway managed by other Navigation Authorities. (Photo: Canal & River Trust)