200 Years of Leeds Liverpool Canal

From 29 April - 10 September 2016

This summer we will be celebrating the 200 year anniversary of the completion of Leeds Liverpool Canal. We will display objects and documents to tell the story of the most important transport link that has ever been established in Craven.

In the 18th century there was an increase in industry and trade however transport links weren’t very efficient. In 1770 the Leeds & Liverpool canal was proposed to improve this issue. It was built as a trade route connecting the North East and North West together; the canal is 127 miles long and was finally completed in 1816 taking 46 years to finish. The first branch was opened in 1773 and was from Skipton to Bingley and a year later a section from Skipton to Shipley was completed.

This exhibition is part of a region-wide celebration. For more information visit the Canal & Rivers Trust website.

The exhibition is open Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm, admission is free from 29 April 2016.

ReCollection by Roo Waterhouse
ReCollection by Roo Waterhouse