THIS photograph shows some of the employees of British Waterways on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in the early 1960s.

The photograph was taken as part of a photographic session in February 1961 as a feature on the South Wales canals for the ‘Waterways’ magazine.

A copy of the magazine along with other ephemera has been loaned to the museum by the Williams family of Pontypool whose grandfather, Tom Williams, was the canal warden for the Pontymoile stretch of the canal from the 1950s to 1971 and lived in Junction Cottage.

The items feature in the museum’s new exhibition ‘Bridges, Barges and Boatmen’ which highlights images of the canals over 200 years as firstly a transport hub and later as a leisure facility and important biodiverse belt along the Valley.

The exhibition, which has both historical depictions from the borough and private collections and a sale show of canal studies from local artists, was opened on Saturday, September 4 by vice-president of the Torfaen Museum Trust Rt Hon Nick Thomas-Symonds MP.

The exhibition runs until December and the museum is open Tuesdays-Fridays from 10am to 4pm and weekends between 1pm and 4pm. All school children have free entry.

Nostalgia is provided by Torfaen Museum.