Bridgewater Canal, Salford

Bridgewater Canal, Salford



RFA were appointed to provide interpretive design services for the Bridgewater Canal in Salford along its 5-mile route from leafy Boothstown to post-industrial Barton.

Winding through some of the most affluent areas in the UK and also some of the most deprived, the world’s first commercial canal is home to impressive heritage features of international significance.

There are many ways of telling the story of the canal other than traditional interpretive panels. Dropping incidentals into the interpretation will help to create a voyage of discovery and trails along the route. It might be a plaque at the swing aqueduct giving a simple diagrammatic interpretation of how it worked; it might be a bench based on the distinctive ‘starvationer’ boat shape including a quote from a canal worker; it might be a series of brass rubbings for young children relating to the wildlife along the canal banks.

RFA researched, interpreted, wrote and designed the project, which promises to be a fascinating journey of discovery.