4th July 2019 –
Occasional barge sailor Jim Birch traces the development of these iconic vessels and describes their main features. He reviews the ownership, cargoes and economics of the barge trade from the 19th century to the laying up of the last working barge in 1970. He concludes with a look at the present pleasure barge fleet and the barge races which have been running for over 150 years.
Tickets £7 each or £6 for Museum Friends or Volunteers (not including booking fees)