Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum
Swanwick Lane
SO31 7HB






01489 576248


01489 576248

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Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum is all set to become one of the key visitor attractions in the South. The only remaining steam driven brickworks in the country we show how brick making made the leap from small scale production to 20 million bricks a year.
The fully restored and working machinery helped us to win the coveted Institute of Mechanical Engineering Heritage Award in 2011 and on Open Days we can show it all running as it was when it ceased producing bricks. On site you can see the patented method adopted to dry the bricks and the huge kiln block that was used to fire them ready for collection. The museum has other clay based collections on site and lots of opportunities on offer which makes a visit both enjoyable and educational.
We can include activities for all ages, one of the most popular being the chance to make a brick (you can now make a ‘chimney’ as well!).
We share our site with two partner organisations, Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust and the South Hampshire Steam and Historic Engineering Society who add to the attractions on Gala Days and special visits.
Group visits are also always welcome, whether for the industrial history and engineering, or to photograph and draw the buildings and machinery.
If you are a school, society or simply want a good day out why not come along and see us our Open Days can be found on our website: www.bursledonbrickworks.org.uk

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site, Museum

Opening hours

Gala Days take place regularly between April and November each year.
Also open on Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays from 11.00am to 4.00pm, from April to October.

Admission charges

Museum: Adult £5; Concessions £4; Child £3; Family £12 for 2 Adults and 2 Children.
Gala Days and other events - see website
Group visits - book in advance admin@bursledonbrickworks.org.uk

Getting there

By train: The nearest station is Bursledon Trains run to and from Southampton every hour.
By road: From M27 junction 8, follow brown signs on A27

Bursledon Brickworks Conservation Centre contains exhibitions and displays covering the history of the Brickworks, traditional building materials and conservation practice.

Collection details


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A receipt for bricks dated 1910? to be picked up by horse and cart.

Working Waiting Weeping

  • 6 — 31 August 2014

The Brickworks were used to store munitions during the Great War. They continued to make bricks and there were 'women doing all sorts' on site. The local area was a big market garden and once a key provider of strawberries to London. The exhibition explores what people who were left behind did. The men who had to stay at their work, the women who started to work out of the home for the first time and the endless waiting for it all to be over.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Museum charges apply

Getting there

By train: The nearest station is Bursledon Trains run to and from Southampton every hour.
By road: From M27 junction 8, follow brown signs on A27