Canal in a Box

Our new creative loan boxes, inspired by the Bridgewater Canal, are now available for free hire to older people’s groups in Salford. The boxes are ideal for day centres, care homes, nursing homes, sheltered housing schemes, charities and independent and community groups. 

Choose from three boxes:

• Architecture

• Canal Life

• Habitats

Each one is dementia friendly and designed to be flexible, so you can plan a series of activities using the whole box, or just dip in and out from the menu. You may even be inspired to go out to the canalside itself to take in its colours, sounds, buildings and spaces.

The boxes have been developed for Est.1761 by Memories Matter, the successful loan box service managed by Salford Museum & Art Gallery. For more information, or to book a box, contact the museum on 0161 778 0800.

You can now download the 3 Canal in a Box activity packs with great ideas for exploring the Bridgewater Canal without having to get the box.  Download by clicking on the attachments below.

The Architecture box includes:

• Architecture and Colour 

• Collage

• Industrial Sculpture

• Mapping

• Mosaic

• Photography

• Printing Motifs

• Wall Rubbings

The Canal Life box includes:

• Canal Art

• Common Whipping

• Macramé Planters

• Origami Boats

• Printing

• TimeSlips

And the Habitats box:

• Clay Birds

• Fantasy Film Butterflies

• Indoor Fishing

• Origami Butterflies

• Sensory Ideas

• Make your own Terrarium

• Under the Water

• Water Painting

Additional funding for this resource has been provided by The Booth Charities.


Canal in a Box