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Canal and River Trust (Waterways Archive)

Name: Canal and River Trust
Category: Any
Location: The Waterways Archive, National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW
Project summary: The Waterways Archive is the single biggest gathering of historic records relating to the UK’s inland waterways in the country. As such it is a collection of international significance. The archive tells the story of Britain’s canals, the role they played in the industrial revolution, their decline and eventual restoration. It remains a relatively underexploited resource so far as academic research is concerned and there are a whole range of different dissertations that could be constructed using it. Research using the Waterways Archive has the potential to:

• Contribute to our understanding of the evolution of industrial and transport history;
• Give us an insight into the development, restoration and renewal of the industrial and natural environment;
• Contribute to the sustainability of our inland waterways and their built heritage.
Detailed summary: We’re fully open to ideas, but some ideas that occur to us are:

• The importance and influence of the building of the canals on the emerging British industrial revolution;
• Canal engineering;
• Canal boat engineering;
• The light that oral histories can shine on the 20th century social history of the waterways;
• The canals’ historic buildings and structures;
• Historic boats;
• Canal restoration;
• The history of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA).
Number of students partnered with: 0
Current status: Available to partner with