25 years on, Princess shows her support
EXACTLY 25 YEARS (plus one day) after she opened the new London Canal Museum in 1992, the Princess Royal returned to the museum to mark the museum’s silver jubilee and to open its new exhibition, Boats and Cargoes.
The Princess, who has been patron of the museum since it opened and was making her eighth visit to the museum by the Regent’s Canal’s Battlebridge Basin near King’s Cross, is pictured being shown the new exhibition by museum staff. The result of research into the craft and cargoes on London’s canals and rivers from earliest times, this includes models of various craft and a display of cargoes. “We think visitors will be surprised to see the huge range of boats that have plied their trade,” said project manager Celia Halsey.
This was one of three developments marked by the anniversary – the other being rather more prosaic but no less useful: the opening of the refurbished toilets (complete with ‘roses & castles’ tiled murals by canal artist and volunteer Trish Parrott) and the commissioning of a new air conditioning system.