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Canal & River Trust Waterways Archive

Canal and River Trust

The archive collection consists of material collected and deposited with British Waterways (archive previously held at National Waterways Museum, Gloucester) and the museum archive previously held by Boat Museum Trust at Ellesmere Port. Within the collection are many thousands of maps, plans and drawings of every aspect of the national canal system over more than 300 years.



National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 4FW

Main contact

Telephone number

0151 373 4378


Opening hours

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm


Drop in to our resource and library during museum hours (check Canal & River Trust website for seasonal variations) For document retrieval, please contact by email or telephone giving 48 hours’ notice and quote ref nos.


Yes, both hard copy and digitised.

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