The principal aim of the Society is the preservation of historic boats, skills, knowledge, and way of life of the waterways. The Society meets monthly from September to May at the National Waterways Museum and meetings range from talks and lectures by experts in various waterways topics, to more informal social events. Many members of the Society are volunteers at the Museum and provide practical support in a wide range of activities on site. The Society works in partnership with the Museum and helps co-ordinate, train and support the work and activities of volunteers.
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Society meetings are held on the second floor of the Rolt Conference Centre at the National Waterways Museum which has a lift. The Museum is located within a Conservation Area and some of the pathways are original and cobbled. The historic narrowboats in the collection are not accessible to wheelchair users. The Museum has automatic entrance doors, accessible toilet facilities, and a large free car park with designated parking for people with disabiities.