Royal Visitor at Hereford Waterworks Museum
On 3rd October volunteers at the Waterworks Museum were delighted to welcome a very special visitor - His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester. The Duke, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Lady Darnley, spent an hour touring the Museum and chatting with volunteers. The Museum visit was part of a wider Royal visit to Herefordshire. The Museum also welcomed the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Kath Hey, and Chairman of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Sebastian Bowen.
The Duke was given a tour of the Victorian water-pumping station building and grounds, and volunteers demonstrated some of the engines, bringing the story of water supply to life. The Royal visit took place in the presence of 41 volunteers and retired volunteers during a celebration of volunteering at the Waterworks Museum.
Waterworks Museum Chairman, Richard Curtis, said: “ we were delighted to receive The Duke of Gloucester at the Museum as part of a celebration of the achievements of all our volunteers over so many years.”
The Waterworks Museum, founded in 1974 is housed within Hereford's fine Victorian water-pumping station, and tells the story of water from ancient times to the present day. Run entirely by volunteers, the museum is home to some thirty working engines and has the UK's best collection of hot air engines.