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The Waterworks Museum is housed in the Lower Pumping Station of Hereford’s Victorian waterworks at Broomy Hill whose early electricity supplies were brought in via this green connection box. Until recently, it was situated outside the water-tower pump annexe, built in 1882, which is now the Museum’s toilet block. Replacing the ‘Lucy Box’ with a…
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‘Emma’ Is New Attraction At Waterworks Museum

Gala Day is always a special day in the Waterworks Museum calendar but this year, on Sunday 8th July, it will be extra special because it will be visitors first chance to see Emma, Herefordshire Council’s vintage steam road roller, in her new home. Built in 1920 by the firm Aveling & Porter, Emma is…
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Children Admitted Free In July & August 2018

First-time visitors to the Waterworks Museum from across Herefordshire have described the museum as ‘a hidden gem’ and as an attraction that is ‘great for all ages'. To help promote greater local awareness of the museum the Trustees have agreed that for a short period children up to the age of 16 will be admitted…
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Engineering Heritage Award

The beating heart of the Waterworks Museum – Hereford is the Worth Mackenzie triple-expansion steam engine. Standing two storeys high, it was installed in 1895 to provide Hereford with a reliable supply of drinking water. Pumping one million gallons every twelve hours the engine stayed in service through the Second World War and finally ceased…
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Steampunks in Hereford

It was a busy few days for the Volunteers at the Waterworks Museum, which came alive last weekend (Saturday 29th/Sunday 29th April) with the sound and colour of Hereford’s second Steampunk Weekend. Despite variable weather, attendance was higher than last year on both days and, whilst you do not have to dress up to enjoy…
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Hereford Preservation Society

The annual visit by the Preservation Society is always a joyous occasion for visitors and Museum engineers alike. Under the watchful eye of society chairman Mike Bond, the standing engines and historic vehicles are always meticulously set out and public safety standards are maintained at the highest level. On Sunday 8th April the Museum courtyard…
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Opening of the Old Workshop

(L-R) Mary Sinclair Powell and Richard Curtis (Museum Chairman) standing next to Blake’s treadle lathe, plus Fred Snelgrove (Volunteer Engineer and creator of the new display) and Geoff Blake (grandson of Henry T Blake) in the 'Old Workshop'. On Easter Sunday, Ross-on-Wye local historian Mary Sinclair Powell, opened a new display at the Waterworks Museum -…
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Hereford Steampunk Weekend (28/29 April 2018)

Hereford Steampunk Weekend (28/29 April 2018) Following the popularity of the first event last September, this year the Hereford Steampunk Weekend will be held on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April at the Waterworks Museum.  With all engines working ‘in-steam’, the industrial setting of Hereford’s Victorian Waterworks will provide an ideal setting for: … Unusual…
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Prestigious Engineering Award Mon 7th May 2018

Over the past 30 years the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has granted some 115 Engineering Heritage Awards (EHA) to celebrate the essential contribution of mechanical engineering to our past and present.  We believe that the EHA is the most prestigious award that an industrial heritage museum can achieve so it was with great pride…
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Special Events in 2018

The Directors are delighted to publish the calendar of steaming days and special events at the Waterworks Museum in 2018. The Museum will again be open one day week throughout 2018, EVERY TUESDAY between 11am and 4pm. In addition, between Easter and October the Museum will be open with all engines operating ‘in-steam’ on 20…
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Free Education Resource for Key Stage 3

The University of Worcester, Institute of Education and the Waterworks Museum - Hereford are pleased to announce the availability of new education modules to support secondary teachers in the delivery of national curriculum key stage-3. The modules have been developed by Trainee Teachers from the University of Worcester, as part of a PGCE Teaching and…
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Steampunk Extravaganza In Hereford

Over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 9th & 10th September 2017, the Waterworks Museum hosted Hereford’s first Steampunk event, which was very successful. Attendance was good, but not at the levels that we had hoped for. This was in part due to the showery weather, although it was nowhere near as bad as the forecast weather,…
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