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The story of the Kennet and Avon Canal - online talk

An online talk exploring the history and restoration of the canal over three centuries

22nd June, 30th June, 6th August, 20th August

The Kennet and Avon Canal, across Southern England, is one of Britain’s premier inland waterways.

From its junction with the River Thames in Reading to Bristol Docks this waterway was built as a major artery of the industrial revolution and is now a much-loved recreational corridor.

If you are a boater, a walker, a cyclist or a fisherman, if you love industrial archaeology, history or geography and the countryside this is a must-see talk.

The talk will be given by local Blue Badge Guide Graham Horn.  Graham was closely involved in the canal's restoration during the 1980s and 1990s.

The first part of this online zoom talk tells the story of how the canal came about, its heyday, and decline.  In the second part we look at the vision for restoration and how that took place over the last four decades of the 20th century.

* Who built the canal and when?

* Why were the citizens of Reading not happy?

* Why did the canal stop being successful in the 19th Century?

* How was the canal saved from closure?

* What were the challenges to restoration?

* What has happened since the reopening in 1990?

These questions and more will be answered during the talk.


Choose from the following dates:

* Tuesday 22nd June

* Wednesday 30th June

* Friday 6th August

* Friday 20th August