We are saddened to hear of the death of Harry Arnold on November 1st.
Born in Warrington, Cheshire, Harry spent the first 21 years of his life living between the Manchester Ship Canal and the Bridgewater Canal before, he and his young family, moved to Staffordshire, initially to work in the emerging leisure boat industry and to live beside the Shropshire Union Canal at Norbury Junction.
Harry was a well respected member of the waterways scene and was a very enthusiastic and expert photographer; his company ‘Waterways Images’ documented the changing scenes of the waterways. Harry was a founder member of North Western Museum of Inland Navigation which established the Boat Museum (now the National Waterways Museum) at Ellesmere Port: he and his family were on one of the first boats to sail into the Museum at the opening in 1976.
Harry was involved as a volunteer with many waterways societies; he was President of the Saturn Group and Vice-President of the Waterways Museum Society. He was instrumental in the formation of the Waterways Recovery Group and in 2008 was appointed Vice-President of the IWA . He gained many awards for his contribution to waterways campaigns, including in 2003 the IWA Richard Bird medal for members of the Association whose efforts and support are considered to have brought significant benefit to the Association over a sustained period, and in 2013 the IWA premier award, the Cyril Styring trophy for making an outstanding contribution in furthering the Association’s campaign. In 2010, he was awarded an MBE in recognition of his 50 year involvement in Inland Waterways and in 2015, the Canal & River Trust Outstanding Achievement award.
Harry was also an author and journalist. In 1974 he and Robert Shopland established the magazine, Waterways World and Harry was its first Managing Editor. He also founded the magazine, Canal Boat and for many years he edited the IWA magazine, Waterways.
Harry would always appear at Waterways campaigns and events, camera at the ready and a cheerful smile for everyone.
He will be sorely missed and we offer our condolences to Beryl and the family.