News article created on 31 January 2019

Montgomery Canal touring photo exhibition moves to Newtown

The touring photographic exhibition of Montgomery Canal’s beautiful scenery moves to its final destination at Newtown Library on 2 February.

Croft Mill Lift Bridge by Peter Carr Croft Mill Lift Bridge by Peter Carr

Featuring the work of community photographers, as well as fascinating black and white archive pictures of the Welshpool Big Dig of 1969, our exhibition is funded in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"The exhibition provides a brilliant window into a fascinating world of canal restoration."

Montgomery Canal community development officer

Hundreds of people enjoyed viewing the Montgomery Canal Photography Exhibition at Oswestry Library and Powysland Museum Welshpool. Sylvia Edwards, the Trust’s Montgomery Canal community development officer, is hoping it will have similar appeal for canal enthusiasts in Newtown.

She said: “The exhibition contains some great shots of structures and wildlife, as well as showing the challenging measures the Trust has put in place to get permission to restore the canal. Visitors will also be able to compare past and current canal restoration techniques employed by the hard-working, enthusiastic Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers."

The Trust is delivering a major canal restoration project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Freshwater First ERDF Programme and supported by the Montgomery Canal Partnership. Only around half of the canal is currently navigable but, with the help of the Shropshire Union Canal Society and other volunteers, this latest major phase should be completed by 2020. 

Work is progressing well on upgrading nearly five miles of towpath, restoring 1¼ miles of the canal to navigation from Maesbury to Crickheath and creating a dedicated turning point for narrowboats, known as a ‘winding hole’. This will enable boats to return to the area for the first time since 1936 when the canal was closed.

Exhibition opening hours 

The Montgomery Canal photographic exhibition will be at Newtown Library until 30 March.

Mon/Thurs/Fri: 9.30am-5.30pm

Tues: 9.30am-7.00pm, Saturday: 9.30am- 1pm

Weds and Sun: Closed.

The Montgomery Canal is also the subject of a new film “Life on the Monty”, which is a celebration of its wildlife, people and heritage, including rare footage of a young Prince of Wales re-opening Welshpool Lock in the 1970s.