Welcome to the web site of Waterways Museum Society.

“It is with sadness that the Waterways Museum Society ceased all trading and operational activities by the 8th October 2020 due to a significantly reduced active membership.  All remaining funds, assets and property have been transferred to the Canal & River Trust.  Having been dormant for the statutory three months, the society has now applied to Companies House to be voluntarily struck off the Register of Companies and on successful completion of that will undertake a merger of charities with the Canal & River Trust to be formally recorded in the Register of Merged Charities.  The resolution supporting this latter action was incorporated into a General Vesting Declaration made with the Canal & River Trust which became effective from the 1st September 2020.

Despite the sadness, the Society has much to be proud of in terms of the legacy it has left in the form of the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port with its extensive collections and archives which is now operated by the Canal & River Trust.   You can visit the museum website for more information – www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/nwm

The museum is carrying on many of the society’s business activities including the sale of society publications such as Waterways Journal and many traditional craft books.  If you wish to purchase any of these then please ring the museum on 0151 355 5017 making payment by debit/credit card or send your written request and cheque, made payable to “Canal & River Trust” to National Waterways Museum, Waterways Journal, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW.   Purchases can also be made in the museum shop.

For those of you who have chosen to leave a legacy to the Waterways Museum Society in your will, then please note that the Society will be registering the merger of the society with the Trust at the Charity Commission following the dissolution of the Society at Companies House to ensure (so far as possible) that any legacy or donation left to the Society will pass to the Trust.

We would like to thank everyone for their interest and support for the society and hope that you continue to support the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port.”


To visit the Canals and Rivers Trust’s National Waterways Museum web site click on NATIONAL WATERWAYS MUSEUM.