200th Anniversary Events.

The Chichester Ship Canal is 200 years old this year! The formal opening of the canal was held on 9th April 1822, so 200 years on, Saturday 9th April 2022 is the perfect date for a celebration. Or in this case, not just one celebration, but an entire season of celebratory events. We’ve planned a season of anniversary events to help people discover more about the unique heritage and different ways to explore the canal.

The programme of anniversary events running through spring and summer includes:

Photography competition
Year-long exhibition at the Novium
A historical talk by local author and historian Alan Green at the West Sussex County Record Office  and a summer canal boat trip with Alan
Talk on the history of the canal by Andrew Gibson at the Guildhall
Guided walk with the Friends of the Old Ford to Hunston Canal
Launch event for Culture Spark
Art exhibition by contemporary art group ARTEL at the Oxmarket
Dragon Boat Race
• Fringe performances
• University music performances
• Heritage Open Day

We will also be marking the location of the famous view painted by JMW Turner with the installation of a new sign, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Trust. We will continue to offer our increasingly popular family-friendly activities through the West Sussex school holidays.
Please check our website, local media and particularly our social media for all the latest information on our anniversary programme of events.

We are raising money to carry out much-needed repairs to the canal banks. Please help us raise £200,000 in our 200th anniversary year.