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Waterways Research Network: Canals and Conflict

October 11, 2017
Canal & River Trust

National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
Ellesmere Port
United Kingdom

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The Waterways Research Network is an initiative of Canal & River Trust’s museums to bring together researchers working in a number of disciplines and research contexts. The next Waterways Research Network meeting will take place on Wednesday 11 October at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port with the theme: Canals and Conflict. We are inviting existing network members and others interested in attending to submit abstracts for presentations. We will ask for confirmation of attendance at a later date. If you would like to give a short presentation or lead a discussion or roundtable on the subject of 'Canals and Conflict', please email a maximum 200-word abstract (though can be much briefer if you prefer!) to John Benson ( Topics might include, but are no means limited to:

  • The use of and changes to canals and waterways in times of war (in Britain and elsewhere in the world)
  • Waterways workforces returning from war
  • Commemoration 
  • Conflicts over building the canals in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries 
  • Suez
  • Panama 
  • Conflicting interpretations of waterways history and heritage

We welcome broad and innovative interpretations of the theme. 

The event will take place in the Rolt Conference Centre at the National Waterways Museum from 11am – 3pm. There is no charge for admission and lunch and light refreshments will be provided.   

We hope to see you there!

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October 6, 2017, 9:00am BST

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