Hidden Waterways

Have you ever wanted to explore the tales behind Shropshire’s hidden canals? Hidden Waterways is a project focusing on uncovering people’s memories and community history linked to the Shrewsbury & Newport canal and using creativity to share their stories. On this page you will find creative content, activities and information on upcoming workshops.

Colouring In

We’ve worked with two fantastic local artists Matt Sewell and Saffron Russell to create colouring in sheets that are downloadable and printable. Remember to share your colouring in with us on social media using the hashtag #HiddenWaterways and tagging us @HiveShrewsbury


Interview with Mal Edwards MBE

Mal Edwards MBE was born near the canal in Shrewsbury, by the gasworks and, since the age of 15, has spent his whole life living and working on the canal. He was the last lengthsman to work the Newport and Shrewsbury canals in the 1960s. He is now retired and in his spare time makes ropes and fenders for boats and writes songs about the ‘cut’ which he has recorded. In this video: Mal talks about how he first got a job working on the canal and what being a lengthsman involves.

Walk: Explore: Create, Collage Map Making

Shropshire based artist, Zoe Needle, shows us how to make a creative map of canals and waterways using collage techniques.

To take part in this activity and receive your FREE materials pack please contact olivia@hiveonline.org.uk

Plastic Pixel Art with Sara Mai

Artist, Sara Mai guides us through a workshop on using discarded plastic bottle tops to create magic artwork on a window.