Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum

Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum
Main Street


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Details of Large Engine Exhibits


Membership Enquiries


01353 688360

Group enquiries


Membership/ out of hours enquiries

01353 720737

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Vickers Petter 2-cylinder 2-stroke normally aspirated diesel engine from Southery Fen.
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The museum is housed in the original Prickwillow Engine House in a picturesque setting on the banks of the River Lark just a few miles from Ely, Lakenheath and Mildenhall. The original building has been extended in recent years to provide modern visitor facilities to cater for families and tourists, as well as the enthusiast of Britain's industrial heritage.

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Opening hours

April 25th to October 4th 2015 (Closed Wednesday,Thursday, Friday) 1200-1600.

Admission charges

Adults: £3.00
Children: £1.00
Families: £6.00
Senior Citizens: £2.00
Members: Free
(Special Charges apply on 'Run Days' please see website for details).

Additional info

The Museum has a large free car park and visitors by boat will find public moorings on the River Lark at the front of the Museum.

A unique collection of oil-burning engines saved from destruction and restored to working order by a dedicated band of enthusiasts at an attractive village near Ely. These massive engines which date from the early twentieth century replaced earlier steam engines (which had in their turn replaced ancient wind pumps) and were used to prevent Fenland flooding by pumping water from drainage channels into rivers until themselves replaced by electric pumps towards the end of the twentieth century. In addition to the engines there is a fine collection of old Fenland implements and artefacts, displays explaining Fenland history plus the occasional exhibition.

Collection details

Archives, Inland Waterways, Industry, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • History of the Fenland and Fen drainage
  • Historic Maps, Records, Plans of drainage schemes
  • Principal Engines:-
  • Mirrlees 5-cylinder
  • Ruston & Hornsby single cylinder
  • Vickers Petter 2-stroke two cylinder
  • W H Allen 3S60
  • W H Allen T-47
  • Tangye single cylinder
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.

Drive It Day

  • 25 April 2015 11am-4pm

National Drive It Day - Museum open for vintage and classic cars to drop in on their touring routes - lunches available - engine driver available to demonstrate one of the Museum engines when visitors accumulate! Follow the story of Fenland Drainage.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult £3.00; Children £1.00; Concessions £2.00; Family £6.00

Classic and Vintage Motor Bikes

  • 10 May 2015 11am-4:30pm

Run Day with special additional attraction of getting up close to a wide variety of classic and vintage motorbikes, and even a selection of bicycles. Trophy for the 'Motorbike I would most like to take home' voted for by the visitors.
Museum diesel engines will be 'running' during the afternoon and the historic Shand Mason fire engine will be in steam. Hot and Cold Lunches wil be available so make a day of it.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £4.00; Concessions £3.00; Children £1.50; Family £10.00

Classic and Vintage Cars

  • 21 June 2015 11am-4:30pm

Run Day with the added attraction of Classic and Vintage Cars on display (all makes and over 40 years old). Trophy awarded to the 'Car We Would Most Like to Take Home With Us' voted for by the visitors. Museum diesel engines will be demonstrated 'running' during the afternoon. Historic Shand Mason fire engine will be in steam. Childrens activities. Hot and cold lunches available so why not make a day of it.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £4.00; Concessions £3.00; Children £1.50; Family £10.00

A pair of Heavy Horses plough using a traditional plough guided by the horseman

Prickwillow Ploughing Festival

  • 3 — 4 October 2015 10am-5pm

Prickwillow Ploughing Festival held at the Museum and on the adjacent farm. Heavy Horses, Vintage and Classic Tractors and Horticultural Machinery Ploughing; Traction and Steam Engines, Stationary Engines, Working Displays and Bygones Exhibits; Museum Engine Displays. Arts and Crafts, Trade Stands and Fun Activities; Live Music, Real Ale Bar and Full Catering. A FUN weekend for all the family!!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Prickwillow Engine Museum and Green Farm (adjacent)
Main Street

Getting there

Entry to the farm will be through the Museum car park entrance


To be confirmed but accompanied children under 16 will be free