Welcome to Mike Clarke's Home Page
Canals and canal boats, stationary and railway steam engines, vintage cars, textile machinery, water and wind mills: all of these have featured in my work as a professional industrial and canal historian and restoration engineer. I am best known for my work on the history and heritage of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, and was given a Pride in Barnoldswick award by Barnoldswick Town Council in 2014, and the Mersey Basin Campaign's Dragonfly Award in 2000. I am President of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society, and will be President of the Railway & Canal Historical Society in 2016-2018. I am also on the committee of Inland Waterways International.
Copies of some reports and articles I have written, as well as contemporary canal pamphlets, and other industrial, maritime and canal history material are available on these pages. I give illustrated lectures, and more details of all these services, as well as other information, can be found by following the links below.
A new book for the 200th Anniversary of the
Opening of the Canal from Leeds to Liverpool in 2016.
This book will be published for the 200th Anniversary of the L&LC in 2016, and am looking for subscribers who are willing to agree to purchase a copy. The book will be around 400 pages long, 250mm by 175mm portrait format, with the possibility of 50 pages in colour, and produced as a soft-back using digital printing.
The cost will be £27.50 for those who agree to become subscribers before January 2016, payable after printing, which I expect to have completed by the end of April 2016. The book would then be priced at least at £40.00 for non-subscribers. For more details, click on the link above.
If you would like to subscribe, please contact:
8 Green Bank
Brightwork, by Mike Clarke and Sam Yates
This is a book on the traditional boat painting of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, 88 pages, 250mm by 170mm landscape format, ISBN 0-9519236-2-5, with numerous colour and b&w illustrations. The price is £8-00 soft-back, inc. P&P. A few hardback copies are available direct from me at £12-00. If you would like to order a copy, or just to receive more information, please send your details to the address above. Please make cheques payable to Mike Clarke.
I also sing in a couple of local choirs, helping preserve a strong northern tradition.
Links to further pages by Mike Clarke
Mike was Engineer at Helmshore Textile Museums for five years, bringing the machinery there back to life.
The condenser mules here are being operated by Harold, the resident spinner at the time.
8 Green Bank
tel: +44 (0)1282 850430
last revised: 8 June 2015