Did You Know

Did You Know?

  • Volunteer Engineers are working to create new exhibits to be opened in 2020-2022. See Current Projects.

  • The Museum has over 30 working engines, one of the widest collections in Europe. This includes steam, oil, gas, hot-air and internal combustion (diesel and petrol) engines and pumps.

  • Over 11,000 primary school children have participated in the museum’s free education service.

  • Our ‘Water on Tap’ display explains how Welsh Water delivers water to customer taps today.

  • The red-brick Victorian pumping station was built in 1856 and extended five times as Hereford’s demand for water grew.

  • The oldest exhibits at the Museum are some wooden water pipes, one of which dates back to the 17th century.

  • The Museum is regarded as a centre of excellence for the restoration of hot air engines.

  • Many of the exhibits on display would have been destroyed if the Waterworks Museum had not stepped in to save them.

  • Many of the exhibits on display would have been destroyed if the Waterworks Museum had not stepped in to save them.

  • The Noel Meeke Heritage Water Park is the only park for children of its kind in the UK. It is named after Dr Noel Meeke who was chairman of the Museum for over 25 years.

  • Our ‘Hereford in WW2’ exhibition tells the story of the air raid and bombing of the Rotherwas Munitions Factory on 7 July 1942.

  • In 2019, volunteers working at the Waterworks Museum were aged between 19 and 91.

  • The Musuem site, which houses Welsh Water’s modern pumping station, has pumped water continuously since 1856.

  • Created in 1974, in April 2024 the Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

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