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.

Haloween SpOOkfest

  • 22 — 30 October 2016

Help us discover the spooky secrets of the historic engine houses and maybe meet a few of their past occupants! Enjoy family fun with plenty of Halloween craft activities, a ride on the Ghost Train and a trip through the creepy wood!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Regular museum admission fees apply, please see website for details.

Website

http://www.waterandsteam.org.uk

Trevithick in Cornwall

Trevithick! A biographical comedy

  • 28 October 2016 7:30-8:45pm

Tinged by tragedy, steeped in accolade, loved by many, "Trevithick!" is a biographical comedy that will light a fire in your bellies, bring joy to your heart and set your brain whirring like a four way valve on a steam engine. A production for the whole family! Doors open at 6pm for a hearty sausage and mash dinner in the Museum's café and the performance will begin at 7:30pm and has a running time of 70min

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Online Discount Available

Steam Hall Adult - £13.20
Steam Hall Concession - £11.00
Steam Hall Child - £6.60
Balcony (restricted view) Adult - £11.00

Website

https://lmws.digitickets.co.uk/event/1679786?catID=6883

Victorian Christmas

  • 3 — 4 December 2016 11am-4pm
  • 10 — 11 December 2016 11am-4pm
  • 17 — 18 December 2016 11am-4pm

Carol singers will be filling the Steam Hall with festive music while families enjoy special seasonal activities. Warm up with a glass mulled wine whilst watching the Rotative engines slowly turn or ride behind Thomas Wicksteed our Waterworks steam locomotive.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Regular museum admission prices apply, please see website for details

Website

http://www.waterandsteam.org.uk

Grand New Year Steam Up

  • 30 December 2016 — 2 January 2017

Families can enjoy seasonal activities and the café will be open and serving hot food throughout the Steam Up, giving Christmas cooks a well-earned rest!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Regular museum admission prices apply, please see website for details.

Website

http://www.waterandsteam.org.uk

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.
School children observing museum objects

Educational & Learning at the London Museum of Water & Steam

http://www.waterandsteam.org.uk

The London Museum of Water and Steam has recently redeveloped its educational offer, and is now in line with the new 2015 curriculum. With a core focus on history and science, the museum is a fantastic space for pupils to discover and learn first-hand, topics such as; the implications of science today, tomorrow and in the future, material uses, states of matter, forces, energy, local history case studies, significant individuals of the past and Britain as the first industrial nation.

The London Museum of Water and Steam, formerly Kew Bridge Steam Museum, explores the story of London’s water supply as the vital lifeblood of our city. We have the world’s largest collection of Cornish cycle steam engines including the largest in the world still in steam on its original site. Alongside our core collection, our recent Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment has allowed the museum to create new educational displays across all areas, bringing the history of the pumping station and its engines to life. It also helped us create a major new gallery exhibition on London's water supply; past, present and future as well as new educational facilities, cafe, shop and both indoor and outdoor interactive water exhibits.

The museum offers a number of cross curricular secession tailored specifically to KS1 & KS2. Our education sessions are hands on learning experience, designed to suit all learning styles, our sessions range from museum trails to hand on experiments and engine demonstrations.

Please see our website for more information or to book a pre visit please email/call our Education and Outreach Officer on anna.chrystal@waterandsteam.org.uk or 0203 728 4973.

How to obtain

Information regarding our Education offer for visiting schools can be found on our website. For more information regarding availability and prices please contact our Education & Outreach Officer on 0203 728 4973.

Inforgraphic and information sheet regarding Locomotives

Locomotive

http://bit.ly/1QHTBFq

In 1804 Scottish born Richard Trevithick invented the first working Steam Locomotive, initially used to transport resources. Trevithick's invention sparked a number of steam related transportation inventions, including George Stephenson infamous Rocket, the first passenger Steam Locomotive.

Use this informative and visual sheet as an aid to understanding this remarkable machine. Suitable for KS3.

Creator

  • 52Oak

How to obtain

For more information on Steam Locomotives, transportation, other topics, and the London Museum of Water and Steam, please contact the Education Officer on 0203 728 4973.

Infographic and information sheet regarding diseases in London

London's deadly diseases

Between 1832 and 1866 over 35,000 people mysteriously died across London. The best medical minds of the time couldn't fathom why & people where beginning to drop like flies. Was it that awful stench in the air or something far more deadly?

Use this informative and visual sheet as an aid to understanding the 'Great Stink', cholera and life in Victorian London. Suitable for KS2+.

Creator

  • 52Oak
Infographic and information sheet regarding Steam power

Steam Power Simplified

http://bit.ly/1XqxGSa

Almost every modern machine can trace its origins back to the Industrial Revolution, a period when steam power ruled. The 1800's was a period in which the United Kingdom experienced major industrial advances, economic growth and a population boom. Much of this directly related to the move from water and wind power to the steam power.

Use this informative and visual information sheet as part of your Industrial Revolution topic. Suitable for KS3+.

Creator

  • 52Oak

How to obtain

For more information on the Industrial Revolution and the London Museum of Water and Steam, please contact the Education Officer on 0203 728 4973.

Infographic and information sheet about the thames river network

Thames to Tap

http://bit.ly/1IglUD1

Ever thought about where you water comes from & how it gets to your taps? With the population of Victorian London growing water companies needed to construct a sophisticated network of pumps, pipes and filtration systems in order to deliver clean fresh drinking water.

Use this informative and visual sheet as an aid to understanding this complex yet vital systems. Suitable for KS2+.

Creator

  • 52Oak

How to obtain

For more information on the Water Network, other topics, and the London Museum of Water and Steam, please contact the Education Officer on 0203 728 4973.

Water Filtration infographic and information sheet

Water Filtration

http://bit.ly/1jjnGgi

Have you ever wondered where Londoners get our drinking water comes from, and where it has come from for centuries? The River Thames of course! Have you ever considered where Victorians disposed of there toilet waste? Same answer! So how to we keep our drinking water so clean....?

Use this informative and visual sheet as an aid to understanding the process of cleaning water. Suitable for KS2+.

Creator

  • 52Oak

How to obtain

For more information on water filtration, Industrial Revolution, other topics, and the London Museum of Water and Steam, please contact the Education Officer on 0203 728 4973.

Inforgraphic and information sheet regarding James Watt

What about James Watt

http://bit.ly/1MR8y26

Five things everyone should know about James Watt! James Watt is a hugely important person in British and indeed industrial history, but how much do you really know about him?

Use this informative and visual sheet as an aid to understanding this remarkable man. Suitable for KS2+.

Creator

  • 52Oak

How to obtain

For more information on the Industrial Revolution, other topics, and the London Museum of Water and Steam, please contact the Education Officer on 0203 728 4973.

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

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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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