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Stirling Engine Rally

On 14 October, the Waterworks Museum in Hereford once again became the focus for hot-air enthusiasts from across the UK for the annual Stirling Engine Rally, despite the best attempt of the British weather to prevent it. Heavy rain had caused wide spread flooding and travel chaos for exhibitors and visitors, and the Museum’s rear…
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Dr Noel Meeke

The Weirdness of Water On 24th October a large gathering of family, volunteers, members and close associates, met at the Waterworks Museum in Hereford at the invitation of Emeritus Chair Dr Noel Meeke MBE, who will shortly be stepping down from his formal roles at the Museum after two and a half decades as a…
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‘Emma’ steams into new home

        Herefordshire Council’s steam road roller, Emma, has been formally entrusted to the Waterworks Museum in Hereford. The event, held on Sunday 30 September, was attended by the Chairman of Herefordshire Council, Cllr Brian Wilcox, and cabinet member transport and regulatory services, Cllr Barry Durkin. Herefordshire Council first took delivery of Emma, who…
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Museum Volunteers Win Prestigious Award

Two years ago, the Trustees of the Waterworks Museum were were very proud when the efforts of the Heritage Water Park team of volunteers were recognised and the project was declared the winner of the inaugural West Midlands Museum Development Volunteers Project Award. Today, the Trustees are thrilled to announce that this award has been…
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Every exhibit tells a story

The Waterworks Museum is housed in the Lower Pumping Station of Hereford’s Victorian waterworks at Broomy Hill whose early electricity supplies were brought in via this green connection box. Until recently, it was situated outside the water-tower pump annexe, built in 1882, which is now the Museum’s toilet block. Replacing the ‘Lucy Box’ with a…
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‘Emma’ Is New Attraction At Waterworks Museum

Gala Day is always a special day in the Waterworks Museum calendar but this year, on Sunday 8th July, it will be extra special because it will be visitors first chance to see Emma, Herefordshire Council’s vintage steam road roller, in her new home. Built in 1920 by the firm Aveling & Porter, Emma is…
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Children Admitted Free In July & August 2018

First-time visitors to the Waterworks Museum from across Herefordshire have described the museum as ‘a hidden gem’ and as an attraction that is ‘great for all ages'. To help promote greater local awareness of the museum the Trustees have agreed that for a short period children up to the age of 16 will be admitted…
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Engineering Heritage Award

The beating heart of the Waterworks Museum – Hereford is the Worth Mackenzie triple-expansion steam engine. Standing two storeys high, it was installed in 1895 to provide Hereford with a reliable supply of drinking water. Pumping one million gallons every twelve hours the engine stayed in service through the Second World War and finally ceased…
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Steampunks in Hereford

It was a busy few days for the Volunteers at the Waterworks Museum, which came alive last weekend (Saturday 29th/Sunday 29th April) with the sound and colour of Hereford’s second Steampunk Weekend. Despite variable weather, attendance was higher than last year on both days and, whilst you do not have to dress up to enjoy…
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Hereford Preservation Society

The annual visit by the Preservation Society is always a joyous occasion for visitors and Museum engineers alike. Under the watchful eye of society chairman Mike Bond, the standing engines and historic vehicles are always meticulously set out and public safety standards are maintained at the highest level. On Sunday 8th April the Museum courtyard…
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Opening of the Old Workshop

(L-R) Mary Sinclair Powell and Richard Curtis (Museum Chairman) standing next to Blake’s treadle lathe, plus Fred Snelgrove (Volunteer Engineer and creator of the new display) and Geoff Blake (grandson of Henry T Blake) in the 'Old Workshop'. On Easter Sunday, Ross-on-Wye local historian Mary Sinclair Powell, opened a new display at the Waterworks Museum -…
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Hereford Steampunk Weekend (28/29 April 2018)

Hereford Steampunk Weekend (28/29 April 2018) Following the popularity of the first event last September, this year the Hereford Steampunk Weekend will be held on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April at the Waterworks Museum.  With all engines working ‘in-steam’, the industrial setting of Hereford’s Victorian Waterworks will provide an ideal setting for: … Unusual…
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