It always amazes me how many other waterway groups there are in Britain besides the Canal & River Trust.
All over the place there are societies, trusts and associations that are passionate about saving, restoring or raising awareness of their own special waterway.
I’ve got a great personal interest in all waterways heritage; not just that entrusted to our care and when I get the chance I like to take a look at some of the less familiar (to me, at any rate) gems of waterway heritage. One recent example is Navigation House in Sleaford, which stands behind a stone wall with an interesting gateway. The house was built in 1839 as the company offices of the Sleaford Navigation; it has been restored and is now the Sleaford Navigation Trust’s visitor centre.
The Sleaford Navigation Trust does a great job in working towards securing more of Britain’s waterway heritage. Over the next few years I’m aiming to give a series of talks to groups like this, up and down the country. It’s a great way to share knowledge, ideas, maybe some technical support, and tell people who are busily championing their own waterway heritage about how the Canal & River Trust works to conserve its own historic sites and buildings.
As national heritage manager, Nigel’s role is to lead the Canal & River Trust’s team of regional heritage advisers in England and Wales. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in the conservation, archaeology and interpretation of historic buildings and places. He is a member of the editorial board of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. He has written numerous articles concerning heritage conservation and is the author of several longer published works, including the English Heritage Book of Canals.See more blogs from Nigel Crowe