November 2020


Welcome to The Arts Society Tarporley
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:30
The Community Centre
113a High St Tarporley CW6 0AY

The inland waterway network as a 'poor man's art gallery'.

A well-known architectural historian once described canals as a 'poor man's art gallery'. This lecture provides a fascinating introduction to the secret world of the 2000-mile inland waterway network, covering all aspects of the exceptional artistic and architectural land engineering vernacular. Features range from sweeping aqueducts to tiny bollards; from colourful historic narrow boats to 'Roses and Castles' artwork; from grand World Heritage Sites to quirky listed buildings.

N.B Due to the Covid pandemic two socially distanced lectures are available at the community centre. The first one starts at 11:20 for 11:30 and the second starts at 13:20 for 13:30. Strict covid precautions must be followed. Face masks/coverings are mandatory. We have been advised that windows need to be open during meetings so please come warmly dressed.


Mr Roger Butler

Roger Butler is a landscape architect and an experienced writer, photographer and lecturer. He has a particular interest in the unique history, architecture and traditions of our canal network and worked on some of the UK’s major canal restoration projects. He has also acted as a consultant to bodies such as Waterways Ireland, Natural England and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

He regularly contributes to waterway and heritage magazines and writes and provides images for a range of countryside and outdoor titles. Roger is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute. He lives near Stratford upon Avon and lectures to groups such as the National Trust, RSPB, U3A, history societies, etc. across the Midlands and further afield.