The Canals Collection

Scope and Content

A collection of manuscripts and printed items relating to the formation of canals in the Staffordshire-Birmingham area, 1759-1809. The papers relate to the development of trade and shipping at Hull, Derby, the Grand Trunk Canals, Birmingham and Worcester Canal, and include correspondence and papers of Josiah Wedgewood and John Sparrow.

Administrative / Biographical History

This collection was acquired with the library of John Corbett of Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire, Liberal MP for Droitwich, 1874-1875 and Liberal Unionist MP for Mid Worcestershire, 1886-1892.

Reference: Deposit information.


There is no system of arrangement.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Following the death of John Corbett in 1905, the library was presented to the University as a gift.

Other Finding Aids

Please see the full catalogue for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Further deposits are not expected.