Friends of The Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne

Alongside the Friends of the Canal Musuem, we’ve recently given Stoke Bruerne’s oldest floating resident some much needed conservation work.

Historic boat Sculptor at Stoke Bruerne Historic boat Sculptor at Stoke Bruerne

It’s lovely to see Sculptor out on the canal and it always creates a talking point. Having a museum exhibit out on the canal really helps to tell the history of the waterways.

Stephanie Furniss, duty manager, the Canal Museum

Built in 1935, Sculptor is one of just a few historic working boats that still lives on the canal. It moors just alongside the Canal Museum. Originally owned by the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company, Sculptor was used to carry a variety of cargo such as cotton and coal from London to the Midlands.

Historic boat Sculptor moored at the Canal Museum

Boat conservation is an important part of the work of the museum and the Canal & River Trust. Last year we received funding from Museum Development East Midlands to work with accredited conservator, George Monger, to develop a conservation management plan for Sculptor.

But we are not alone. The ‘Friends of the Canal Museum’, is a registered charity set up in 2006 to support the work of the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne through volunteers and fundraising.

Most of its members live in the village and, like us, are passionate about maintaining and preserving our waterways heritage. The Friends help our Canal & River Trust staff to care for Sculptor, as well as other items in our collection, researching and devising new displays, working with visitors and schools, and giving talks and demonstrations of canal crafts.

painted can on Sculptor


Last date edited: 27 September 2017