History Museum

A Brief History Of The Waterworks Museum - Hereford

1974  Waterworks Museum established as a charitable trust.
 1984 Restructured as a company limited by guarantee and registered charity.
 1992 Tangye House opened (the former Leominster water pumping station).
 1999 Museum starts to open every Tuesday (with weekly gathering of Volunteers).
 1999 Museum celebrates silver anniversary
 2000 English Heritage put main building on register of ‘listed buildings at risk’, which required a major work on the roof and chimneystack.
 2001 Trustees announce plans to refurbish the listed building and build a new Visitor Centre, new engine exhibition space and an engineers’ workshop.
 2002 Go ahead for new build project confirmed.
 2003 Museum closed for two years for Listed Building refurbishment (2003-2005).
 2004 Funding for new build project and Rotherwas Building project confirmed
 2005 Offered the Blackstone engine and relics from Rotherwas Munitions Factory.
 2006 Leased additional land for Rotherwas Building.
 2006 Visitor Centre (Easthall), Southall Engine Gallery and Engineers Workshop formally opened.
 2007 Rotherwas Building opened + Hereford’s only permanent exhibition to WWII.
 2007 Accredited Museum status attained
 2010 Water on Tap exhibition opened
 2010 Concept for a Heritage Water Park announced + additional land leased.
 2011 Planning permission confirmed for Heritage Water Park.
 2011 Museum starts is programme of children’s events in the school  holidays.
 2012 Funding confirmed for Heritage Water Park.
 2014 Museum celebrates 40th anniversary
 2015 Heritage Water Park opened.

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