History Of The Museum

A Brief History Of The Waterworks Museum – Hereford

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

THE BUILDING

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