Historical records relating to Britain’s canal network are being brought together under one roof. The Waterways Archive which includes plans, drawings, accounts, photographs and audio-visual recordings is currently split between the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port and Gloucester Waterways Museum.
Plans have been made to move the Gloucester section of the archive to the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port. Peter Collins, collections manager, said the move would create a single central resource for waterways heritage at the National Waterways Museum where research and reading facilities were being expanded.
He went on to say: “The vast majority of our archive collection is also available on our Virtual Waterways website. The move to Ellesmere Port presents us with a super opportunity to add further records to this database. Anyone, anywhere in the world is able to search this database twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.”