Friends of The Canal Museum


Lord Boswell of Aynho


Michael Butler


Lorna York 


Brian Everest


Registered Charity No:


If you would like to join the Friends please see our Membership page, or if you would like to contact us please write to:

The Friends of The Canal Museum, c/o The Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester NN12 7SE

or, e-mail us here 

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Our popular annual events which raise money for a number of worthwhile charities and local good causes as well as the Friends are organised by a small dedicated group of volunteers who have given their time freely over the last ten years and we are immensely grateful for their hard work and continuing support.


This year, after many years of service, some of our volunteers have decided to retire and we are seeking new team members to make sure Village at War and other events continue into the future.


Informal meetings take place once a month (in the pub), normally for up to six months before each event,  and it is up to team members how much or little they do, or how much they get involved, and it's fun.


If you'd like to come along and find out what's involved, or just want to have a chat - please

e-mail our Chairman who will be only too happy to help.


Museum Matters,

our latest newsletter is now available to read


To download as a PDF for printing or to read back copies of Museum Matters, please go to our Newsletter page.



on 9th-10th September are available here

The mooring plan has been given to all registered participants and Ad Hoc moorings are signed for visiting boats

Did you know historic museum boat NB Sculptor appears in a recent episode of the TV series Flog It.

Not that anyone is suggesting this popular floating artefact is up for sale!

To watch the film footage which also features an interview with Friends Vice Chairman Lorna York just follow the link below.

The interview features about 18 minutes into the episode.

Sculptor stars in TV series Flog It

2017 Village at War Weekend

Sculptor on parade at Crick Boat Show


Members of the Sculptor Team took Sculptor to the Crick Boat Show over the late May Bank Holiday Weekend and brought her back to Stoke Bruerne afterwards.


Rob Westlake was interviewed  twice by Radio Northampton, once on the way to Crick on Friday and again during the afternoon show on  Saturday, alongside Canal & River Trust, Collections Manager Margaret Harrison.


Over 6,000 people attended one of the largest of the inland waterways shows on the system and Sculptor received a continuous stream of visitors..


So far this summer Sculptor has attended the Crick Boat Show and the Braunston Historic Boat Show promoting the Trust, the Canal Museum and the Friends, and also made a 'flying' trip to the Cosgrove Festival and back in the most atrocious weather.


At Braunston we were generously presented with a cheque for £1,000 by Marina owner Tim Coghlan.


We are always extremely grateful to Tim for his generosity in supporting Sculptor, for over ten years now, and in turn we do our utmost to ensure that those funds are spent directly on Sculptor's infrastructure.


Sculptor's Latest Travels...


Sculptor volunteer team members, John Bannister, Rob Westlake and Kathryn Dodington receive a cheque for £1,000 from Tim Coghlan, Braunston Marina

photo: Rob Westlake