Ordinarily, the last Working Day at the Waterworks Museum in Hereford would be at the end of October but this year the season has been extended, with a Working Day to be held on Sunday 21 November 2021 and a #SteamUpTuesday Working Day on Tuesday 21 December 2021.
A ‘Working Day’ is when visitors to the Waterworks Museum can see engines and pumps in operation.
Chairman, Richard Curtis, said: ‘As we were closed for 15 months until July due to the Coronavirus pandemic. our Volunteers have been looking for new ways to welcome visitors to the Waterworks Museum. So this year (and next) we are trialling #SteamUpTuesday Working Days during the school holidays and extending our main visitor season beyond the end of October. We hope enough visitors will come and help us make these extra days a success, as they did for #SteamUpTuesday events in August and October.’
The winter months (November to February) are when the exhibits in the Steam Bay and Heritage Water Park would normally be closed for essential maintenance. This year, volunteer engineers have important diagnostic tests to perform to improve the performance of the Worth Mackenzie Triple Expansion Steam Engine, but it is hoped this main exhibit will be in operation on the additional Working Days. Other engines in the Steam Bay would be unaffected. The Heritage Water Park, however, will only open if ground conditions permit, as circulation of water in the Water Park in very cold and icy weather can cause significant damage to the underground pipes and connections. The Water Park would also only be opened if it was safe for visitors to use it.
The Waterworks Museum will also be open from 11am to 4pm every Tuesday throughout the winter period (except 28 December 2021). On winter Working Days the Museum will be open from 11am, but the steam engines may not be on operation until 1pm, as volunteer engineers need more time to start the vintage steam engines when the weather is colder.