The Caldon Canal Society, later Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, started life as the Caldon Canal Committee in a series of meetings in 1963. It was a key partner in the restoration of the canal which reopened to navigation in 1974, with Society members involved in both planning and volunteer work parties. In 2003 the society was a member of the Destination Froghall partnership which opened the first lock and basin of the Uttoxeter Canal in 2005. The Society subsequently became a Trust and a Charitable Incorporated Organisation as in 2016. It is also a Registered Charity.
By the late 1950s traffic had virtually ceased on the Caldon Canal and in 1960 a closure notice was displayed at Etruria. Not wishing to see the canal closed, a number of enthusiasts got together and in 1963 the Caldon Committee (forerunner to the Caldon Canal Society, later the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust) was inaugurated with a view to saving the Canal.