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Birmingham Canal Museum Meeting 18th December 2013 Notes

Birmingham Canal Museum Meeting 18th December 2013 Notes

Attending the meeting were Brenda Ward, Ivor Caplan, John Sloan and Jim Shead.

It was agreed that we are aiming for a museum to educate and inform visitors about canals and the part they have played in Birmingham’s history, their affect on industry and their present role.

It was also emphasised that we were aiming for a modern museum where visitors could have an interactive canal experience. An ability to have floating exhibits was deemed highly desirable. In addition to maximising the educational aims of the museum such a venue would act as an additional city centre attraction to the benefit of surrounding businesses.

Sites

Ivor outlined the plans for the Fiddle & Bone building (Grade II Listed) which is to be used as a chandlers and visitor centre By CRT in partnership with the National Trust.

The adjacent Round House building (Grade II * Listed) was also discussed as a possible venue for the museum. The restrictions of the listing and the sloping ground around the building may cause difficulties but it has the advantage of being an historic building and of limited commercial value.

Other possible sites suggested were:-

The disused James Brindley pub, which is believed to still be on lease to Scottish & Newcastle. This would be a good option as it is at the centre of the canals and has potential for floating exhibits.

Disused buildings in Gas Street. There are a number of these on the canal side of Gas Street that have access to the street and the canal. These need more research.

Split Sites

There may be advantages to having the museum in two or more sites within easy walking distance along the towpath. This could expand the canal experience and boat trips could be offered as an alternative to walking.

There may be advantages to having the museum in two or more sites within easy walking distance along the towpath. This could expand the canal experience and boat trips could be offered as an alternative to walking.

Information Gathering

t was recognised that we need a lot more information about possible sites and the opportunities partnerships and cooperation with others. To this end it was suggested that we contact the

Jim Shead

19th December 2013