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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We're undertaking a major oral history project to capture people’s personal stories and memories of the canals and rivers and record them for posterity in the national waterway archive.
There are so many people out there with fascinating stories to tell, it’s extremely exciting to now be able to capture these and have them in our national archive for people to enjoy.
We want people to come forward and share their recollections of the waterways, which will then be archived to keep the story of the waterways alive for generations to come.
Debbie Lumb, head of museums and attractions, says: “It’s a decade since such a project was undertaken, and it was not to this scale. As the guardian of the nation’s waterways and of the national waterway archive we have a responsibility to collect these stories for future historians and students. More important than that, recent generations have lived through some of the most remarkable periods in the waterways history and it would be a tragedy if these stories were lost.
“‘Whether you were involved in the Droitwich restoration, fought in the Battle of Stourbridge, have legged through Standedge Tunnel or were one of the last people to practice commercial horseboating, we would love to hear from you. Please come forward and share with us the role the canals have played in your life.”
We'll also be holding a series of story recording sessions throughout the year at our five museums and attractions. There will be a sound booth and trained volunteers ready and waiting to capture people’s stories at these events.
A team of 15 volunteers has also been specially trained with mobile recording equipment and will travel to meet anyone with an interesting story to tell in order to record their memories for the purpose of archiving them. You can request a visit from one of the oral history volunteers or suggest an interviewee by completing an online form. Written memories and photos can also be uploaded to the website.
Tony Hales, chairman of the Canal & River Trust, said: ”There are so many people out there with fascinating stories to tell, it’s extremely exciting to now be able to capture these and have them in our national archive for people to enjoy. Having a team of trained volunteers ready to record people’s memories means that the stories will really be brought to life in a way that hasn’t been done before and will keep them alive for many years to come.”
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal
Gender pay gap statement published
8 March 2018
We're announcing changes to boat licensing
6 March 2018