Canal celebrated with arts centre exhibition

There will be photographs, film footage and information from the archives at the Pocklington Canal exhibition.
There will be photographs, film footage and information from the archives at the Pocklington Canal exhibition.

Visitors to Pocklington Arts Centre (PAC) can take a trip down memory lane – or should that be waterway – as the venue helps the town celebrate the 200th anniversary of its canal.

The centre has teamed up with the Canal and River Trust and Pocklington Canal Amenity Society to host a special exhibition which runs until Wednesday 1 August.

The exhibition of photographs, film footage and information from the archives celebrates the people of the canal, telling the stories of those who were part and parcel of life on the waterway, from the watermen, lock keepers, tradespeople, and naturalists to the local people who went on to save and restore the canal.

More recent images will demonstrate how the canal remains part of the community today. The Canal and River Trust launched a photo competition as part of their Heritage Lottery Fund project and the winning entries will be on show at the exhibition.

Janet Farmer, PAC director, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the 200 th anniversary celebrations of Pocklington Canal in this way, by hosting such a unique exhibition which holds so much significance for the town.

“PAC’s studio space is the ideal location to showcase what promises to be an interesting look back into the archives.”

Visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/pocklington for more information about all the events being held to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pocklington Canal.