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Education is a critical part of the Waterworks Museum mission and the Trustees are very proud of the education service the Museum provides.

  • A stimulating learning environment - in our Education Centre and in the grounds.
  • A broad curriculum led service, delivered by a qualified teacher and free to use.
  • Take a look at what we can offer.

But this Museum offers much more

Whether visiting on your own, with family and friends or as part of an organised visit, our aim is that every time someone comes to the Waterworks Museum they will leave having learned something new.

Water Education

Primary Schools

Primary school activities (Key Stages 1 and 2) are organised in co-operation with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water with all sessions taught by a qualified primary science teacher. The education programme is aimed at pupils from 7-11 years old and covers many aspects of Science, Geography, History and Education for Sustainable Development.  Pupils spend a full day at the Museum and learn about water and the vital role it plays in our lives.  There is plenty of hands-on work including simple water-filtering experiments and pond-dipping.  By prior discussion, sessions suitable for Key Stage 1 can also be provided.

Water Education

Secondary Schools

For secondary schools, cross-curricular projects are available for Key Stage 3 covering and combining aspects of engineering, science, mathematics, geography and history.  All sessions involve a mixture of class-room studies, practical activities (all safe) on real engines and machinery in the Museum, and a satisfying amount of team work. For Key Stage 4, more advanced sessions can be offered.  All secondary school provision is organised and delivered in close co-operation with the teachers involved.  An example might be a which could involve flooding, map work on the devastation to Hereford City which would be caused by a flood of given depth, together with pupils calculating the flow of the River Wye from very simple measurements.

Additional Learning Needs

Schools and centres catering for children and young adults with additional learning needs are warmly welcomed.  Sessions can be arranged by prior discussion and tailored to suit the needs of the group.

The whole Museum is accessible for wheelchair users either directly or by closed-circuit television. Our Volunteers will gladly give occasional talks in schools or to adult groups, clubs and societies in the wider community.  Full audio-visual support is available.

Things For Youngsters To Do

A range of materials from quiz and colouring cards to simplified guidebooks for younger visitors from pre-school to early teens. The smallest ones can follow the trail of Freddy the naughty frog whilst older children can complete the time-line of famous engineers.

  • Pumps to operate
  • Replica water-lifting devices to try from over 2000 years ago
  • Experiments to do

Did You Know!

  • 01160The oldest part of the Museum is 160 year old and dates back to 1856 and the creation of Hereford City’s first municipal water supply.
  • 025,400In 2015, volunteers welcomed over 5,400 visitors to the Museum (a record year).
  • 0340The Waterworks Museum was established over 40 years ago in 1974.

What visitors say

A great day overall; we intend to come again!

Fantastic hands-on experience for children. Mary was great!

Super afternoon; learnt lots; great hands-on fun. Thank you Mary!

Another fabulous day at the Museum!

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