Aileen has been a canal enthusiast since her first hiring of a canal boat nearly 40 years ago. She bought her first narrowboat a few years later and joined the IWA about the same time. Her hobbies reflect her boaty interest – the boat craft of making cabin lace and rag rugs, collecting traditional lace and ribbon plates, helping restore derelict canals, giving magic lantern shows depicting Victorian river and canal interest and of course guiding London Walkers along the London canals.