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Unlocking Canal History

Sunday 16 September 2018

Free, suggested donation £3*
Booking essential, limited spaces
Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5RS

Take a five-hour journey on board Slow Boat between Minerva Works, Digbeth and Brindleyplace. Led by Yu-Chen Wang, artist in residence at Grand Union, it includes three stages – starting with archaeologist Mike Hodder, then Canal & River Trust ecologist Paul Wilkinson and finally historian Liz McIvor. Together they survey the history of Birmingham’s canals and heritage through food, observations and discussion.

Presented in partnership with Grand Union as part of Birmingham Heritage Week. Visit Grand Union for a map. To book email

Slow Boat
 is accessible by wheelchair via a ramp and lift and crew are on hand to provide additional assistance for foot passengers boarding the boat. We advise visitors to call 0121 248 0708 to discuss any access requirements before booking.

*Please consider making a donation for this free event. Ikon is a registered charity and your support helps us with everything we do.