London Museum of Water and Steam

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Be amazed by the massive historic engines that pumped Thames water to London’s taps, and follow in the footsteps of Charles Dickens to explore London’s exciting watery past at our newly refurbished Museum.

Get hands-on to find out more about the gruesome details of the capitals watery past, and water’s role in the Victorian battle for public health, in our new interactive Waterworks. In the Waterworks and the new outdoor Splash Zone you can test your muscle power as you have a go at water-pumping machines from throughout the centuries.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Monday 11am - 4pm
Tuesday 11am - 4pm
Wednesday 11am - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Admission charges

Adult £11.50
Conc 65+ or Student £10.00
Child (5 - 15 years) £5.00

Family ticket 1 + 2 £16.50
Family ticket 2 + 2 £28.00

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

The brand new Stokers Café is situated at the entrance of the Museum, it is accessible without having to enter the Museum and is open every day from 11am – 4pm.

The Rotative engines are in steam every weekend along with our Cornish engines on selected weekends.

The Waterworks Railway runs every Saturday, Sunday, Bank holidays and selected Fridays in August school holidays.

Check the website for special days when we steam for schools and for group booking information.

The Steam Museum houses the finest collection of pumping engines in the world, which run in steam every weekend. The pick of the crop is the Grand Junction 90" Cornish Beam engine, which stands three storeys high: you can walk through it as it pumps.
There is also an excellent 'Water for Life' gallery which describes the provision of water to London from Roman times to the present day.

Collection details

Science and Technology, Land Transport, Industry

Key artists and exhibits

  • Matthew Boulton
  • James Watt
  • Richard Trevithick
  • Cornish Beam engines
  • Henry Maudslay
  • Metropolitan Water Board
  • Thomas Newcomen
  • Thomas Wicksteed
  • Edward Bull
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Grand Summer Steam Up!

  • 28 — 31 August 2015

We will be firing up our historic Lancashire Boiler to steam all our mighty Cornish and Rotative engines for August Bank Holiday.
Join us in the Waterwheel Courtyard where families can enjoy hands on activities and giant bubble making in our Splash Zone before taking a ride on the Waterworks Railway. The steam powered Shand Mason Steam Fire Engine will also be in action to make sure this event will go with a big SPLASH!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Range of prices: £ 5,00 - £ 11,50

Website

http://www.waterandsteam.org.uk/Events/grand-summer-steam-up-2

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

One engine steaming

http:// www.waterandsteam.org.uk

For a small fee the museum can offer the operation of one of its rotative engines to supplement your visit. We offer one in particular which can support the development the steam engine and its application to a variety of industries.

Creator

  • Learning Office

How to obtain

Please contact the museum on 020 8568 4757 or via education@kbsm.org to discuss options and request an education brochure with booking form.
Price: £80 plus VAT

Be a Child Labourer

http://www.waterandsteam.org.uk

Ever wondered what jobs were performed by children in a coal mine? What about life for Victorian children in London? Pupils explore the various roles invovled in different jobs with some role-play and discussion. (Group size: 15-18 pupils; Duration: up to 40 minutes; Level: KS2)

Creator

  • Learning Officer

How to obtain

Please contact the museum to speak with the Learning Officer and obtain a copy of the museum's education brochure which includes details on options and prices plus a booking form. Tel: 020 8568 4757 or email education@waterandsteam.org.uk

Children's birthday party, wedding reception, corporate events

London Museum of Water & Steam provides a unique setting to host your private events!

How to obtain

For more information, please contact the events team: hire@waterandsteam.org.uk

Filterbeds and Water Filtration

http://www.waterandsteam.org.uk

What do Filterbeds do? Why were they invented and how did they help cure London of Cholera? Build your own filterbed and explore these questions through experimentation.
(Group size: 18 pupils from a class of 30; Duration: 30 minutes; Level: KS2)

Creator

  • Learning Officer

How to obtain

Please contact the museum to speak with the Learning Officer on 020 8568 4757 or email education@waterandsteam.org.uk and a pack will be sent to you with full details of price options and booking conditions and form.

Learning & Education

http://www.waterandsteam.org.uk

The London Museum of Water and Steam offer a range of educational and fun sessions for children at all Key Stage Levels as well as programmes developed for Higher Education and Adult learners.

How to obtain

If you are interested in bringing a school party to the Museum then you can find information about what we offer at different Key Stages on our website.

Please contact Education Officer Anna Chrystal on anna.chrystal@waterandsteam.org.uk or 0208 568 4757 for more information on what we can do for your organisation.

Meet James Watt

http://www.waterandsteam.org.uk

Meet the famous Scottish Engineer who gained world-wide fame by redesigning the steam engine so that it could pwer mills, factories, mines and many other places.
Who was he and what was he like? What did he invent that made such an impact on the steam engine? Why did this have such a major impact on Victorian life? Pupils adopt the role of reporters and can question the man himself.
This session runs for 30 to 40 minutes, can accommodate a group size of 18 pupils and can be combined with a choice of 3 sessions from Victorian Washday, Child Labourer, Water & Steam or Filterbeds and Water Filtration.

Creator

  • Learning Officer

How to obtain

Please contact the museum on 020 8568 4757 or email education@waterandsteam.org.uk to speak with the Learning Officer and obtain an information pack.

Special Education Needs service

Thr museum can adapt any of its sessions for a SEN and offers a special discounted rate for groups of up to 15 pupils.

How to obtain

Please contact the museum on 020 8568 4757 or via education@waterandsteam.org.uk to discuss your requirements with the Education Officer.

Victorian Washday

http://www.waterandsteam.org.uk

Without a piped water supply this household task was laborious, whether performed in a large wealthy house by staff or as a once weekly chore for a poorer household. Pupils will find out just how many tasks were involved, how it could be a means of earning a living and compare the Victorian method to modern washing. (Group size: 15-18 pupils; Duration: up to 40 minutes; Level: KS2)

Creator

  • Learning Officer

How to obtain

Please contact Kew Bridge Steam Museum and ask to speak to the Learning Officer to obtain an education borchure with details of options and bookign form. Tel: 020 8568 4757 or education@waterandsteam.org.uk

Water & Steam

http://www.waterandsteam.org.uk

Learn how engines like those in the museum were designed to solve the major problem of water drainage in mines, and how they were later used for water supply. Pupils will investigate different methods of pumping water employed throughout history and the difference that steam power made.
(Group size: 18 pupils out of a class of 30; Duration: 30 minutes; Level: KS2)

Creator

  • Learning Officer

How to obtain

Please contact the museum to speak with the Learning Officer to obtain a copy of the education brochure with details of options and booking form. Tel: 020 8568 4757 or email education@waterandsteam.org.uk

London Museum of Water and Steam
Green Dragon Lane
London
Greater London
TW8 0EN
England

Website

www.waterandsteam.org.uk

E-mail

museum@waterandsteam.org.uk

Telephone

020 8568 4757

Fax

020 8569 9978

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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