A well-known architectural historian once described canals as the ‘poor
man’s art gallery’. This lecture provides a fascinating introduction to the
secret world of the 2000 miles of the 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.
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.