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Dear Friends of The Arts Society Berlin

Britain’s historic canal network is a giant web, extending more than 2,000 miles across England, Wales and Scotland. Most of these canals are now more than 220 years old, and each one exhibits the ingenuity and flair of the pioneering engineers who created them. They were a revolutionary transport network that created trade and helped fire the Industrial Revolution. Today only the National Trust and the Church of England have more listed buildings and structures than Britain's inland waterways. We take you on a tour with our next:


LIVE Hybrid Lecture

(in person and online via Zoom)


on Monday, 27 February 2023

at 8 pm CET (Berlin)


Canal History and Heritage

by Roger Butler


(Stroudwater Canal © Peter Raymond llewellyn,

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


Lecturer: Roger Butler

Roger Butler

(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.


Where an how to attend? 

a) At the Community Hall of

The All Saints Church
in Dahlem
Hüttenweg 46
14195 Berlin

(Link to Website)


The All Saints Church in Dahlem


b) online via Zoom



How to attend?


a) For the on-site lecture at The All Saints Church:

You do not need to register in advance if you plan to attend the lecture in person. Just come over and join us at our venue. You will be asked to pay your guest fee (adults: €10.00, students: €5.00) at the door. Doors open 7:30 pm.


Please make sure to be on time. For security reasons, entrance doors will be locked at 8 pm.


b) For the online Zoom lecture as a guest:


Please click here to register as a guest


c) Become a member of THE ARTS SOCIETY BERLIN and get all lectures in 2023 (including bonus lectures) for free.


Become a member


We look forward very much to seeing you in person or online.


With very best wishes

The Arts Society Berlin

Ursula Fortune and the members of the Board and Committee



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