“For the first time in over 10 years, on 24 August 2021 the Waterworks Museum will open on a Tuesday with engines and pumps working.
Since re-opening In July after a lengthy period of closure (due to Covid-19), the Directors of the Museum have had to think more flexibly on how to provide visitor access to the Museum with fewer volunteers. They have decided, therefore, to trial opening the museum with engines and pumps working on a Tuesday, which is ordinarily the engineers’ day for working on the collection. If this event proves sufficiently popular with visitors then Directors would plan to hold more of these Tuesday ‘Working Days’ across the year, especially during the school holidays.
For this first special working day admission charges will be the same as for a normal Tuesday opening: Adults £5, Seniors £4, Students (16+) £2, Under 16s FREE.
Chairman, Richard Curtis, said: ‘During the Covid lockdown we have been reviewing our operating model. This led to the restructuring of our visitor centre to make it more attractive for external hire, but we also thought long and hard about how to make the Museum more accessible to visitors. Trialling a ‘working day’ on a Tuesday is part of this exercise, especially as we continue to recruit and train new volunteers.”
The Directors have welcomed a number of new volunteers in the past three months but would like more applications, especially from people able to help restore, maintain and operate the Museum’s engines and pumps (volunteer engineers) and to provide a catering service for visitors in the café. Full training would be provided for both roles. Directors are also still looking to appoint a Joint Chief Engineer, which is one of the most senior volunteer roles at the Museum. For more details please see our website: www.waterworksmuseum.org.uk/support/volunteering.
The Museum visitor centre will available for external hire from the autumn of 2021 when the aspects of the project have been completed. Details of this service will be published in due course.
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