25 years on, Princess shows her sup­port

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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.

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