Last update: November 19, 2021

  • 19/11/2021: Added "I Dig Canals" (Alarum Productions) at Titford Pump House and as Live Stream
  • 27/04/2021: Added Canal Hunter video 4.10 - Cannock Coal to Camp Hill
  • 25/04/2021: Added Canal Hunter video 4.9 - Cannock Coal to Digbeth
  • 25/04/2021: Added Canal Hunter video 4.8 - Cannock Coal to Saltley
  • 15/03/2021: Added Walsall Campaign Cruise event, May 14-16
  • 15/03/2021: Added information about the newBCN Cottages Facebook page
  • 13/01/2021: Added all Canal Hunter series 3 videos (please use the "The BCN" menu for now)
  • 01/06/2020: Added a page about the Waterways Chaplaincy and the support they are offering in these difficult times
  • 21/04/2020: All Canal Hunter Videos series 1 and 2 are  now on the website, see here (bottom of page), menu needs updating


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Latest News

  • Virtual BCN Challenge 2020
    With Covid-19 keeping us away from boats and canals, and your webmaster too busy with work (from home) to do much on …
  • 2020 BCN Annual Cleanup report
    Our weekend of hard labour, on March 14/15 2020, was very successful, we had a good time grappling and sorting junk for …
  • Newly discovered links!
    Jeffrey Carter sent two links that look very interesting indeed. The first is about pubs in Tipton 200 years ago. Not …
  • BCNS and the Lapal Canal Trust – update
    The Birmingham Canal Navigation Society has now become corporate member of the Lapal Canal Trust. This allows LCT to …
  • BCNS Work Party February 29, 2020
    Work party 29 February 2020
    There was a good turnout for our work party on the 29th February to help CRT volunteers clear overhanging vegetation …
  • Portway Branch
    The photo was taken from the first boat navigating the Portway Branch after extensive dredging of the Titford Pools by …
  • Carter's Arm on the Aston Flight, just above Cuckoo Wharf
    Carter’s Arm
    The only historic arm on the Aston Flight, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, that is still in water for most of its …
  • Boats gathering on the New Main Line for the 250 years celebrations of the Birmingham Canal Navigations
    BCN 250 – A Personal View
    By Martin O’Keeffe, Chairman, BCN Society Whilst the opening of the canal from Wednesbury into Birmingham in November …

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