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Canal College® 2


Our two year canal college program, which cruised to a close in May 2015, was a huge success and we’d really appreciate your support to make it happen all over again. The story so far:

  • 162 young people took part
  • over 72% moved on to a job, training, education or volunteering
  • 24 volunteer mentors shared their time and invaluable life skills
  • together, everyone contributed a staggering 19,568 volunteer hours (the equivalent of almost $1.5m in time) to helping keep the historic waterways looking amazing

We’re grateful to funders the Heritage Lottery Fund, the European Union Interreg IVB North West Europe project ‘Green & Blue Futures’, Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Canals for enabling us to establish canal college.

Now we’d like to include you, our American Friends, to continue this amazing work. The canal college Final Report is now available, download it and find out more. We’re sure it will inspire you to get involved.

Fundraising for Canal College 2

We are now actively fundraising for the $1.9 million we need to open canal college 2 in North Glasgow, Falkirk and the Highlands and run it for a further three years.

See what our canal college graduates think

What your donation will mean:

$150 could fund a lime mortaring workshop on the canal teaching valuable skills for employment

$50 could help pay for materials and staff to help young people learn on the job by completing stonework repairs on the historic waterway

$25 could contribute towards a place on an environmental skills training activity for young people, such as tree management, path laying or invasive species management

Sponsor a young person:

Sponsor a young person on the path to work and help them take the first steps towards a brighter future through innovative, outdoors employability projects on Scotland’s waterways.

$5400 could help a young person learn the vital heritage training and waterways maintenance skills they need to get into work on canal college, running three days per week

$1700 could help a young person discover new-found confidence and self-esteem through waterways education programmes like canal college, running one day per week

Sponsor an employability course:

Help us reach even more disadvantaged young people in Scotland and sponsor an innovative outdoors employability course

$81,000 could fund an entire canal college course running for 14 weeks, transforming the lives of 15 young people

$25,500 could fund an entire 12 week employability course similar to canal college, to help between 15 and 20 young people receive unique outdoors skills training, one day a week

Ironwork Canal Archaeologists

Helping People Discover their Inner Indiana Jones


We’ve helped community groups and individuals indulge their inner Indiana Jones to help uncover the remains of a lost canalside ironworks on Glasgow’s Forth & Clyde Canal, as part of an innovative arts and archaeology project.

The ironworks, which once sat on the banks of the canal at Applecross Street in North Glasgow, dates back to the industrial revolution heyday of the waterway in the mid-19th century.

Chris O’Connell, Senior Heritage Advisor, Scottish Canals:

“Victoria Foundry played a key part in the story of both the waterway and Glasgow itself and we’re incredibly excited to be able to explore that rich history in an innovative and exciting way.”

A soundscape created by artist Phillip Gurrey transports participants back to the glory days of the forge, conjuring roaring bellows, rushing water and the mighty clang of hammers on great anvils as part of an aural experience exploring Glasgow’s shift as a hub of industry to a beacon of culture.

Local artists Minty Donald, Neil McGuire and Nick Millar have installed a temporary furnace on the site – the first time a forge has been fired within the walls of the foundry in more than a century.

While today the waterway is home to social enterprises and cyclists rather than factories and coal scows, the Forth & Clyde Canal was once a transport artery that stoked the fires of the Industrial Revolution. Opened in 1790, the canal was used to carry passengers, goods and materials to and from the factories, foundries and warehouses of the city, playing a key role in Glasgow’s economic success.

Fundraising for Ironwork Canal Archaeologists

We are now actively fundraising the $77,000 we need to continue the Ironwork Archaeologists project.

What your donation will mean:

$150 could fund a year-long programme of heritage walks, guiding communities through the rich history of our waterways

$50 could fund a bespoke schools session, inspiring a new generation to care for the heritage of Scotland’s canals

$25 could fund an hour-long talk which connects communities with the canal’s fascinating past