MEMORIES OF HEREFORD IN WW2
It is incredibly sad the Waterworks Museum is unable to open its doors on 8th May 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
For the past 14 years the Rotherwas Engine House display has helped visitors to the Waterworks Museum learn about life in Hereford during WW2, and we hope that many more visitors will experience this in the future.
Our Hereford in WW2 exhibition was created in 2006 with support from the Heritage Lottery Commission and The Southall Trust after the Museum had been offered the historic water pumping engine system and ancillary fire-fighting equipment from the Rotherwas Ordnance (Munitions) Factory.
The Rotherwas Engine House comprises two parts, one of which contain the water pumping system and tells the story of the Rotherwas Munitions Factory, explains the significant role of the fire-fighting equipment on display and reflects on that tragic day in July 1942 when the factory was bombed, and 22 people lost their lives.
The other aspect of the exhibition seeks to reflect what life would have been like in Hereford during WW2, with a wide range of war and household artefacts which lends authentic flavour to life on the home front. Also on display is some important engineering heritage from that era. This collection continues to grow as we are offered new items, such as the pair of MKII field telephones gifted to the Museum in , which have been repaired to operational order. We also have a growing selection of archival records relating to RAF Credenhill in the 1940’s and 1950‘s.
The creation of the Rotherwas Engine House was also significant as an important stepping stone in the transition of the Waterworks Museum from an industrial heritage museum to a visitor destination that has something of interest for all the family.