News article created on 12 November 2018

Telling the tale of the Pocklington Canal

This has now been put in place along the canal, with a mix of (traditional) lectern panels, more structural upright units and a fingerpost sign at Melbourne Arm.

A group representing the project partners spent a long time writing the words to go on the panels, as well as deciding which images should be used. As we have such lovely historical photos of the canal, everyone wanted to include these so visitors could compare the ‘before and after’ views. Jonty Clark, an artist based in York, was commissioned to create both a map of the canal and 10 detailed wildlife illustrations.

Map of Pocklington Canal draw by Jonty Clark Map of Pocklington Canal drawn by Jonty Clark

New research was included in the scheme, mostly carried out by Trevor, a volunteer who visited archives over the country to collect more information about the building of the canal and of those people who used it.

New interpretation signage on the Pocklington Canal New interpretation signage on the Pocklington Canal

The project group wanted to make sure the new signs were bright and engaging, while not being a ‘garish’ addition to the canal. Green is the most prominent colour for this reason, as this is the main colour you’d see when you visit the canal.

Pocklington Canal Interpretation Scheme Pocklington Canal Interpretation Scheme

The group consisted of Canal & River Trust, Natural England, Pocklington Canal Amenity Society and the East & North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership. The scheme itself was designed and created by PLB Ltd.

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Pocklington Canal

'Pocklington Canal – a gem in the landscape', was a three year long project funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund that ended in August 2019. The blog posts on this page were written by the project officer.

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