Example screen from the Interactive Canal Journey
The Romans had them. The Chinese had them. The Egyptians had one that linked the Nile to the Red Sea - Canals. The famous Languedoc Canal, which linked the Atlantic with the Mediterranean across the south of France was commenced in 1666. The Exeter Canal in England had been built 100 years earlier in 1566. It was the combination of canals with the Industrial Revolution though that transformed the economy of Britain and set the whole world along the path to consumerism and globalisation.
The silver threads that gleamed across the landscape of industrial Lancashire and Yorkshire brought coal and building materials to the burgeoning textile industries and carried finished goods out to Liverpool and Hull and the world beyond. The men and women who worked the canals developed a distinctive culture and way of life of their own. Step aboard a typical canal boat of the time and catch a glimpse of a way of life now gone for ever.
Click here to jump on board!
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Example screens from the Interactive Canal Journey