250 years ao the canal age began. Since then people have worked boats and carried cargo, managed and maintained the waterway. This talk highlights the variety of work on the canals, the role of women and marriage, and peers into all aspects of living on the working waterways.

Speaker, Tony Conder, was the museum curator for British Waterways and the Waterway Trust for 25 years at Stoke Bruerne, the Canal Museum, and then Gloucester The National Waterways Museum. Tony is a firm festival favourite and we are delighted to welcome him back to this joint Evesham Festival of Words/Holland House Friendly Lunch event. Tickets: £20, including 2-course lunch. (Special diets catered for). Tickets only available via Holland House – www.hollandhouse.org, or email: enquiries@hollandhouse.org, or tel: 01386 860330.