The Waterworks Museum is delighted when specialist external publications choose to showcase the works of the Museum’s volunteers. Examples of this are provided below.
‘Vintage Spirt’ is a monthly magazine for steam and industrial heritage enthusiasts. This specialist publication covers event reports and news from the preservation world, as well as fascinating features on restoration projects, manufacturers, museums.
In May 2018, Vintage Spirt carried an article written by a regular contributor, author and photographic and heritage historian, Professor John Hannavy. ‘Water, Water, Everywhere’ explores the history of drinking water and and was written following a visit to the Waterworks Museum – Hereford.
‘Old Glory’ is a magazine for steam and vintage machinery enthusiasts which, amongst other things, offers a nostalgic look back at steam’s golden age and uses features and archive material to provide inspiration for new restoration projects.
In May 2016, Old Glory featured an article about the Waterworks Museum and our celebration in October 2015 of the 160th anniversary of our Worth Mackenzie Triple Expansion Beam Engine, which is the oldest steam engine of its kind still operating in the UK.
In spring 2018, the Worth Mackenzie Triple Expansion Steam Engine was confirmed as the 116th recipient an Engineering Heritage Award from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This award, which, we believe, is the highest accolade an industrial heritage museum can receive, was dedicated at a presentation at the Museum on 7 May 2018.
“The collection, restoration and study of stationary engines is a hugely popular hobby and Stationary Engine magazine is for enthusiasts of stationary engines, such as those that might have driven water pumps in bygone days.”
“In March 2018, Stationary Engine carried an article about the very popular Stirling Engine Rally held at the Waterworks Museum every October. The next Stirling Engine Rally will be held on 14 October 2018.”
In September and October 2018 Stationary Engine carried a two-part article about the Wilson Engine / Massington Lineshaft Project.
Subsequently, this project was announced winner of the West Midlands Museum Development Volunteers Project Award for 2018, which is a tremendous accolade for the efforts of the Museum’s volunteers as told in the Stationary Engine article.
This is a specialist magazine for those with an interest in the art and science of ornamental turning.
In autumn 2019, the magazine carried an article about the William Gill Lathe owned by Henry Blake, which is now on display at the Waterworks Museum. Henry Blake was the water engineer who pioneered the first public water supply for Ross on Wye in 1876.