Join the BCNS!

Canalside view of Span Lane bottom Lock, with one of the traditional balck and white Horseley Iron Works bridges in the foreground
Bromford Junction and Spon Lane Bottom Lock, on the way from the New Main Line up to the Old Main Line

The Birmingham Canal Navigations will be 250 years old in 2019. They have been the arteries of the industrial revolution, the equivalent to todays motorways. The New Main Line was the HS2 of a time when canals were built by men with pick-axes, shovels, and wooden wheelbarrows.

To keep them alive, to keep as many parts as possible from being closed and bulldozed, the BCNS was founded in 1968, and the determined work of the members, that come from all walk of life, have achieved what the visitor now finds in the heart of the “black satanic mills”, now a popular backdrop for television (and Peaky Blinders!).

We own a pair of historic working boats, Atlas and Malus. It is a unique experience to see the canals from the perspective of the boatmen (and women) 100 years ago, as a volunteer staff on the boats during work parties or events.

If you are interested in the waterways, from their history to their future, then please come and join us! You don’t have to be a boater, and you don’t have to own a boat to get to know our amazing network of waterways, and to enjoy the camaraderie of a really nice bunch of people.

A sample cover page of Boundary Post, the regular printed BCNS journal
Sample cover of Boundary Post, the printed BCNS journal

Our regular printed journal Boundary Post is posted free of charge to all members, and we meet on the first Thursday of each month at Titford Pump House (Engine Street, Oldbury, B69 4NL).

Please download the membership form, and return it to us by post or by email. If you are a taxpayer, please fill in the gift aid part of the form.

You can find us also on Facebook, and of course you can contact our membership secretary directly, he will be happy to answer your questions.

We are looking forward to welcome you as a new member!

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