Links to our Local Canal Society Websites (and a few others )

Local Societies

The Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society (and associated Trust)

The Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association

The Friends of the Cromford Canal
This site has comprehensive coverage of the activities of the friends, and an extensive collection of links to other restorations.

The Grantham Canal Society (and associated Trust)
The GCS is currently undertaking a major renovation of locks at Woolsthorpe funded by a HLF grant

The Trent and Mersey Canal Society
The Society concentrates it's efforts around Stoke on Trent , and the Cheshire locks.

Canalside Heritage Centre
This eight year project to save a gruop of cottages from dereliction, and transform them into something useful has come to fruition and the Centre opened to the public on 24th June 2017. One cottage of the row of four has been left unchanged to form part of an exhibit detailing the histury of the site, and those who lived and worked there. The rest of the structure houses a shop and cafeteria with a meeting room upstairs. The centre is open 7 days a week; see their website for more detail

Newark Heritage Barge Project
Under the guidance of founder Les Reid, this charity is working towards restoring the barge 'Leicester Trader', the last surviving Trent 'dumb boat' as a floating classroom and educational resource.

The Railway & Canal Historical Society
The East Midlands Branch of this national Society meet in Beeston and details of their mixed canal and railway related program can be found on their website. They seem to organise quite a few outdoor activities over the summer, plus a full winter programme of talks during the colder half of the year.
Website:  (for local group)

Just outside our Branch area are

The Chesterfield Canal Trust
This very active Trust has made much progressin recent years, especially with the building of Stavely Town Basin as an interim terminus for the restored Western section of the canal.

The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust
This large society and active restoration has made much progress, especially near Lichfield.

The Sleaford Navigation Trust
The Trust is working to restore this waterway to a fully navigable state, and has made recent progress particularly in Sleaford.

Soar Boating Club
Situated on the river Soar at Normanton on Soar, the club offers visitors access to secure moorings at weekends when the clubhouse is open providing refreshments. It also organises events for its members throughout the year.

Not directly related to Inland Waterways

The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct
This impressive piece of railway architecture strides across the Erewash valley between the Erewash and Nottingham Canals. The Friends are spearheading a campaign to restore and preserve the viaduct and improve public access, currently only possible by scrambling up a steep bank

The Charles Close Society
Many Canal entusiasts have at least a passing interest in the maps of the Ordnance Survey. For those of us with rather more than a passing interest, there is the Charles Close Society, which exists to promote the study of the Ordnance Survey and its maps.

If any of these links appear broken; or if you have suggestions for additional material for the page, please contact the Branch Webmaster, Archie Roberts.