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Obituary: Mrs Philippa Southall

It is with great sadness that we record the passing of the Waterwork Museum’s President, Philippa Helen Southall, who died in her sleep on 14th May 2017, aged 92 years. When the Waterworks Museum was founded in 1974, by her husband Stephen Southall, Philippa stood physically and metaphorically by his side and she has continued…
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Herefordshire Family History Society

Have you hit a brick will in researching your family history? Why not come long to the Waterworks Museum on Bank Holiday Monday (1st May 2017) to see if members of the Herefordshire Family History Society can help?  Whist specialising in researching Herefordshire family history, society members can provide general help and advice for anyone…
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EASTER – FREE ACCESS FOR DISABLED VISITORS

The Waterworks Museum - Hereford was not able to open in March in support of Disabled Access Day, so instead we are offering free access to qualifying visitors on Easter Day and Easter Monday (Sunday 16 / 17 April 2017). The Museum, which will be open between 12.00pm and 4.00pm, will have all engines operating…
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Women in WW2

Each year the Waterworks Museum receives a number of interesting requests for information to support personal or academic research. In September 2016, Abigail Crowther, a post graduate student at Ruskin College, Cambridge, came to to the Museum to interview Emeritus Chairman, Dr. Noel Meeke, about the role of women at the Rotherwas Munitions Factory, and…
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A season of outstanding events

In my twenty plus years with the Museum there can scarcely have been a season so packed with outstanding events. It is the aim of the Trustees to have some special activity each month from April to October. This has certainly been true in 2016 and plans are now well in hand for next year.WaterWords…
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120 Stirling Engines On Working Display

The Waterworks Museum - Hereford and the Stirling Engine Society worked together throughout 2016 to celebrate the bicentenary of the Stirling engine. In 1816 the Rev Robert Stirling, a Scottish clergyman, filed his patent with a complete drawing of a new type of engine working purely on the heating and cooling of air. Within two…
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Museum entertains enthusiasts from Australia & New Zealand

On Monday 22nd August The Waterworks Museum hosted a private visit by a group of vintage machinery collectors and steam enthusiasts from Australia and New Zealand. They were on a three week tour of UK heritage sites steam railways, beam engines, and private collections finishing up at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.At the end of…
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Visit Herefordshire Awards for Excellence

The Trustees are delighted that the efforts of Volunteers at the Waterworks Museum have been recognised with the Museum being listed as a finalist in the 2016 Visit Herefordshire Awards for Excellence (Best Visitor Attraction) and look forward to the award ceremony event at Eastnor Castle on 20th September 2016.The Museum enjoyed a record attendance in 2015…
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GALA DAY AT THE WATERWORKS MUSEUM

On Sunday, 31 July 2016 The Right Worshipful Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Jim Kenyon will officially open two new engine displays in the Southall Gallery at the Waterworks Museum. Two fine examples of historic engines have been restored to their former glory by the Museum’s volunteer engineers: an extremely rare Campbell gas engine and a…
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160 YEARS OF PIPED WATER SUPPLY IN HEREFORD

Trustees of the Waterworks Museum were delighted to receive Mr Chris Jones, Chief Executive of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, as their principal guest at an open day to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the first piped water supply to residents of Hereford in 1856.Welsh Water has been a partner and one of the Museum’s principal…
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26th JUNE 160th ANNIVERSARY OF HEREFORD WATER SUPPLY

On 26th June 2016, the Museum will be celebrating the 160th anniversary of the first piped water supply to the residents of Hereford in June 1856. Today we take fresh water coming from our taps for granted, but in Victorian times the availability of wholesome driving water could literally be the difference between life and…
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