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Project Space

Floating in the Fields: Community views of Milton Keynes’ canal

3 - 25 November

Preview: Thursday 2 November / 6-8pm / All welcome

MK Gallery Project Space

Gongoozler - a person who likes to watch activity on the canal.

In August 2017 Jennifer Reid was a resident on a narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal. Moored in Campbell Park, she spoke and sang to boaters, volunteers of the Canal and River Trust, gongoozlers and everyone in between, to develop a songbook. The songs range from the Buckingham Arm Canal Society who are working on rebuilding a canal bridge to the instant terror a speeding towpath cyclist can bring. 

The project, led by the Canal and River Trust, investigates the importance of this living piece of industrial heritage to the local community. Prior to the building of Milton Keynes, the chosen section of the Grand Union Canal was known as ‘The Fields’ for its countryside setting, cut through by the industrial revolution. Throughout the 50 years of the town’s development, the canals surroundings have changed dramatically, and local communities have formed around an existing community of boaters and canal users. It is this development, explored through the residency, which celebrates life on the canal and the character that it gives to the new town of Milton Keynes.

This project celebrates MK50 and is made possible with the kind support of Arts Council England.


Canal & River Trust