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The Waterways Archive

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The Waterways Archive

The Canal & River Trust archive based at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port tells the story of our canals and rivers and is a world class resource for study of Britain’s industrial past and researching family history. 

The archive holds over 100,000 papers, drawings, photographs, plans and books relating to the waterways – a vital part of our national cultural heritage. This blog will keep you up to date on the new digital collection, research findings and projects together with general goings on in the archive.