Tristram Hunt MP attends Canals Festival at Etruria Museum

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A tribute to canal pioneer engineer James Brindley took place at the Etruria Canals Festival.

Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Tristram Hunt was among those from Etruria Canals Festival Steering Group and Stoke-based arts organisation B Arts who called for events to mark the foundation of the waterways system.

Mr Hunt said: “I’m delighted that the Etruria Canals Festival is happening once again.

“This is a really exiting opportunity for the Etruria community to come together to celebrate our heritage, history and identity.

“It is also really exiting because is obviously the 300 anniversary of James Brindley, the man who with Josiah Wedgwood cut the Trent and Mersey and really accelerated the industrialisation process, here in Stoke-on-Trent.”

Hundreds of visitors gathered inside and outside the Etruria Industrial Museum to celebrate Brindley’s 300th anniversary and the 250th anniversary of the first sod-cutting of the Trent and Mersey Canal.

Etruria Boat Group announced its project ‘Brindley 300 in North Staffordshire’ that will bring to life heritage material about the canal pioneer’s life and achievements.

Brindley’s story will be told through the creation of original music, performances and the production of an illustrated trail showing places in North Staffordshire.

The project has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant until the end of September.

Find out more about what’s on over the coming months at Etruria Canals Festival and Etruria Industrial Museum

Click on the video below to see what has been happening.

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