Explore over 200 years of waterways history! 

 
You can now search over 37,000 archive records in our online catalogue, including over 22,000 historic images freely available to view. This window on a world that has gone forever includes boat people, bridges, aqueducts and, of course, the vast network of waterways that are such an important part of our heritage. So whether your interest is social history, civil engineering or you just want to lose yourself in the wonderful landscapes of Britain's waterways you'll find something here for you. We'll be regularly adding more records and images, so if there's something you can't see this time, please come back and have another look soon.

For more information on how to use the catalogue try our help page

Themes

Discover some of the highlights of our collection, grouped thematically. If you're looking for something specific you would need our Search facility above. If you don't obtain the results you're looking for doing that, you might wish to progress to the Advanced Search facility.  
 
Browse by collection

Our archive holds many different collections. If you know which collection you want to look at, you can browse by collection.

Can you help us? 

The information about the images was created for the Virtual Waterways website which was developed some years ago. We haven't re-catalogued the images and we're aware that some information may not be accurate. We'd be very happy indeed to hear from you if you are able to help us identify these images or can provide more detailed information. Please see link and 'phone number below. As the site is very much a work in progress, we'd also like to know what you think of it in more general terms. You can give us feedback by completing our online survey.   

 

Research

 

Do you have an interest in the inland waterways. If so you may be interested to know that there is a research network for you! Please contact john.benson@canalrivertrust.org.uk to be added to the mailing list. If you like to see Canal & River Trust's Research Fellow Dr Jodie Matthews talking about waterways' history just go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn9882n36kw&feature=youtu.be   

Help

There are some FAQs on our help page but if you're still stuck then email our archive team or 'phone us on 0151 3734378

Copyright and reproduction

Please see Canal & River Trust's Terms and Conditions. These images are made available for personal enjoyment or private study only. Anyone wishing to reproduce, exhibit or make commercial use of an image in any medium (including books, newspapers, television, films, public exhibitions or computer programmes) must first seek permission from Canal & River Trust.

Where ownership of copyright is uncertain, every effort has been made to contact the parties concerned. In the event that you have some knowledge of copyright of any of the images or think that your copyright had been infringed, please email Canal & River Trust.