Our Vision

The NBHF is a charity funded by your donations. Our vision is to bring a part of Britain’s history to life by rescuing important wooden working narrow boats; then using them to tell their own story, ensure their future, and build interest in Britain’s unique waterways.

We have three key objectives:

  • Purchasing, rebuilding and preserving historic wooden narrow boats
  • Training the next generation of narrow boat craftsmen in the skills needed to restore and maintain these craft
  • Connecting people to our industrial history through education, and by putting the restored boats back to use on the canal network


We recognise that to achieve our objectives we need to work closely with other organisations – particularly museums and boating clubs and societies. Please contact us if your organisation would benefit from being associated with the NBHF.