Friends of The Canal Museum


Andrea Leadsom, MP

Lord Boswell of Aynho


Michael Butler


Lorna York 


Paul Lynam


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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Latest Museum Matters

Editor Kathryn Dodington has released the latest newsletter from the Museum Community at Stoke Bruerne jam packed with all the latest news and details of up coming events. Read it here or go to our Newsletter page to download a PDF version.

Date announced for 2019 Village at War Weekend

We are delighted to report a new Village at War Team is in place comprising a combination of old hands and a number of new faces and the dates for the 2019 Village at War weekend has been announced as 7th & 8th September.


That's not to say all the vacancies are filled - we still have a few roles seeking willing volunteers.


If you would like the opportunity to join the team and help shape this years event, then email Kathryn who will be heading up this years Village at War. She will be delighted to hear from you.


We are restricted on space for Trading boats - please make contact first through this link to check our availability.


BOOKING FORMS available on the VAW 2019 page.


Adopt-an-Object launched

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Adopt one of our unique museum artefacts from an engine to a boatman's spider belt, each with its own fascinating history. Become responsible for its care and cleaning, and even get involved in telling its story to our visitors!


Which one will you choose?


The Museum is starting an 'Adopt an Object' scheme where volunteers can come in once a month to care for a chosen object, cabinet or exhibit. It could be any day or time to suit, come on your own or bring a friend or in a group.  By adopting an object, you will be supporting activities in the museum, ensuring that our museum continues to be an inspiring place for everyone.


The museum will provide the training needed to clean and handle the objects. So why not come along, meet likeminded people, have a chat with visitors and help the museum look after its objects and the people who visit us.


Interested? Ring the museum team on 01604 862229 or email stokebruerne@canlrivertrust.org.uk and then meet up for a chat.

photo: Louise Stockwin

IWA plan mini-rally for Village at War Weekend

The local Northampton Branch of the Inland Waterways Association are planning a mini boat gathering at Stoke Bruerne for it's members over the weekend of the Village at War on 7th - 8th September.


Participating boat crews will be part of the volunteer team helping to run the event and in return will receive free entry and reserved moorings. For more information contact Northampton IWA at northampton@waterways.org.uk

Could you be our next Membership Secretary?

Our current membership secretary, Laura Sturrock will be retiring at our AGM later this year and we are seeking a volunteer to take over her role. Could you be our next membership secretary?


All that is needed is an understanding of database management using spreadsheets, some enthusiasm and a few hours spare each month. Laura will give all the training required.


It is a committee position, but please don't let this put you off. We're a friendly bunch and we only meet once a month, sometimes less in winter.


If you are interested please contact any committee member, Louise at the Museum on 01604 862229 or email us.


The above was taken at Brinklow Boat Services showing Sculptor with her new gunnels and new side cloths which were purchased four years ago (we’ve held off using them until the gunnels were replaced!).  Sculptor is now safely back in Stoke Bruerne thanks to her volunteer crew and we are delighted with the result of the eight weeks Sculptor has spent at Brinklow under the care of Rex Wain and his team.


The repairs were managed and specified by Canal & River Trust under the guidance of Margaret Harrison and Steve Bagley with professional guidance from Mike Carter.  


Funding was provided jointly by The Friends of The Canal Museum and IWA Northampton who were very pleased to be able to invest in Sculptor’s future and work in partnership with CRT to underwrite the cost of the work.


Sculptor at Brinklow

Looking good....

Sculptor's gunwales and cloths have been replaced

Series of regular Saturday

Craft Workshops planned

Starting on Saturday 27th April there will be a regular series of craft and special interest workshops on the Ground Floor of the Canal Museum.


Organised in partnership with the Friends, the workshops will cover a range of craft and other activities from book binding, crochet, signwriting, how to research your family history and, hopefully, rag rug making. Other crafts may be added during the summer.


The workshops are free but places will be limited so if you'd like to attend we recommend booking. More information can be found at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/stoke-bruerne


The first workshop on 27th April will be led by Lorna York about tracing your ancestors, especially boating ones!