David Viner, Canal & River Trust Heritage Adviser (South Wales & Severn, Kennet & Avon) is speaking on 'Canal Technology' at the Stonehouse History Society meeting at Stonehouse Town Council Offices Stonehouse, GL10 2NG at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8th October. Members £1.00 – Guests £2.00
David originally trained as a teacher but subsequently worked in the building industry as a carpenter and joiner for twenty years, specialising in the repair of historic buildings. After completing an MSc in Historic Conservation and employment in university research work, he joined British Waterways (now the Canal & River Trust) as a heritage advisor and heritage skills trainer in 2002.
David has worked widely across the waterway network in England and Wales but now has responsibility for the historic canal environment in the South Wales & Severn and Kennet & Avon Waterways and on the Montgomery Canal. He has a particular interest in lime mortar, lock heritage and historic boats.
Heyday of canal era
David explains… “The heyday of the canal era lasted roughly eighty years from the opening of the Bridgewater Canal in 1761. During this period there were some dramatic developments in the technology of building and operating inland waterways across Britain.
“The talk will look at three aspects in particular, focusing on how they affected the canals of the west and south of the country: Canal design, water supply and the use of iron for construction.”
Click here, or on the icon below, to view some historic photographs of canal, road and rail bridges in the Stonehouse Area.