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Bridgewater Canal 250th Anniversary

History's canal, Salford's canal, your canal.

2011 saw the 250th anniversary of the Bridgewater Canal opening in Salford, having been completed in 1761. It can be argued that the canal and Worsley Delph are the birthplace of the industrial revolution and the engineering and social innovations that happened all around the canal shaped the society that we live in today. Take a look at some fascinating video footage and get a real insight into what it was like to work on the canal.

To mark this momentous occasion in Salford's history, a number of exciting events took place throughout 2011 to celebrate the anniversary. The anniversary year might now be over but there's plenty to look back on and celebrate. You can find out about the events that took place on these pages and see plenty of wonderful images at our Facebook page too.

There's also still time to see The First Cut exhibition running at Salford Museum and Art Gallery until 22 January, and then on tour across this city until the end of March. Don't forget you can still download the Bridgewater iPhone app and discover even more about Salford's historic canal.

We would still like to hear your stories and memories of the Bridgewater Canal along with any photos you have that could illustrate your tale.

We hope you enjoyed celebrating this anniversary year with us - here's to the next 250 years!

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