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.


Is there some research or advice you need relating to historic machinery and its conservation, restoration or operation? Can I help you? Copies of reports, as well as contemporary canal pamphlets, and other industrial, maritime and canal history material are available on these pages. I also give illustrated lectures, and more details of all these services, as well as other information, can be found by following the links below.


I also sing in a couple of local choirs, helping preserve a strong northern tradition.


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 softback, 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 at the bottom of this page. Please make cheques payable to Mike Clarke.


Mike acting as a guide to the heritage of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Blackburn.


Links to further pages by Mike Clarke

Services provided by Mike Clarke

Mike Clarke's lectures page.

Mike Clarke's downloads page.

Canals and canal boats.

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Video of motor and sailing barges on the Aire & Calder Navigation and near Berlin.

Movable Bridges: an historical overview.

European work and contacts.

Textile history.

Vintage cars.

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.


Mike Clarke

8 Green Bank


BB18 6HX

tel: +44 (0)1282 850430

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last revised: 26 March 2014