Sonia Rolt


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Sonia Rolt OBE FRS (15 April 1919 – 22 October 2014) was a campaigner for the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) of Great Britain and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010 for her services to industrial archaeology and heritage. At the beginning of World War II she volunteered to work on the canals. After the war she became active on the council of the new Inland Waterways Association campaigning for the retention of the canals. Subsequently she married one of the founders, Tom Rolt, and after his death became a Vice-President of the Association.

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This plaque commemorates the Braunston years 1946-1951 of George Smith 1915-2012 & Sonia Rolt OBE 1919-2014. As husband and wife they worked as boatmen for canal carriers Samuel Barlow Coal Co Ltd based at this yard. Their boats were mainly the motor CAIRO and butty WARWICK on which they also campaigned for the Inland Waterways Association in its formative years.

Brindley Quays, Braunston, United Kingdom where they was