First Gala Day Missed For 14 Years

In 2007, the summer after the modern Visitor Centre at the Waterworks Museum was opened, we started the practice of inviting the Mayor of Hereford to attend our annual gala day to open a new exhibit or inaugurate a newly displayed pump or engine. This year, disappointingly, sees the first break in this cycle as we continue to prepare the Museum for re-opening following closure in March 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gala day, which is usually held on the last Sunday in July, is a celebration day for the Members of the Waterworks Museum and a chance for our Volunteers to show them the latest display or engine that they have been working on. It has been really fitting to showcase this important day in our calendar by inviting the Mayor of Hereford to open a new display and the support we have received from the Mayor’s office and staff has always been tremendous. The Mayor has also enjoyed the family entertainment at two of our Steampunk festivals.

The Victorian waterworks and pumping station at Broomy Hill were established and managed under the office of the Hereford City Council from its opening in 1856 until the countywide Herefordshire Water Board was formed in 1960. The Trustees are incredibly grateful that this 100-year legacy can be reflected in the 21st century with such continued close working between the Mayor’s office and the Waterworks Museum.

Year Opened by Display opened / Engine dedicated
2007 Mayor Chris Chappell Rotherwas Engine House
2008 Mayor Kevin Wargen Pelapone diesel and other engines in the Southall Gallery
2009 Mayor Sylvia Daniels Lister-Tangye pump set
2010 Mayor Anna Toon Water-on-Tap Display
2011 Mayor Julie Woodward Balsdean pump
2012 Mayor Brian Wilcox Small engines & pumps in the Tangye House
2013 Mayor Philip Edwards Allen steam engine
2014 Mayor Len Tawn Tangye Fire Pump
2015 Mayor Charles Nicholls Heritage Water Park
2016 Mayor Jim Kenyon Restored internal combustion engine display
2017 Mayor Sharon Michael Massington Lineshaft/Wilson Engine
2018 Mayor Sue Boulter Norfolk triple pump-set
2019 Mayor Kath Hayes Hindley 'Alcazar' Steam Pump


Gala Day is always one of the best attended days in the Waterworks Museum calendar. Visitors enjoy all the usual attractions of the Museum, plus a display of vintage cars and other vehicles on the Museum forecourt and fantastic musical entertainment provided by Hereford Concert Band. The proceedings start colourfully with the Mayor being collected from High Town by a small cavalcade of vintage vehicles.

Attached: list images

  • Museum forecourt on Gala Day
  • Hereford Concert Band entertaining visitors
  • The Mayor arriving in the lead car of a cavalcade of historic vehicles
  • Two images of Mayor, Cllr. Sharon Michael who opened the Massington Lineshaft Display in July 2017
  • Two images of Mayor, Cllr Sue Boulter who inaugurated the Norfolk Triple Pump Set in July 2018
  • Two images of Mayor, Cllr Kath Hayes who inaugurated a new display of the Hindley ‘Alcazar’ Steam Pump from Tenbury Wells Spa