Learn With Us

Supporting primary education is a critical part of the Museum's mission. The Trustees are very proud of the education service provided at the Waterworks Museum by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, which provides:

  • a stimulating learning environment - in our Education Centre and in the grounds; and
  • a broad curriculum led service, delivered by a qualified teacher and free to use.

But the Waterworks Museum offers much more:

  • Museum Volunteers are able to support occasional visits from secondary schools and colleges of further and higher education. These visits are also generally provided free of charge.
  • Whether visiting on your own, with family and friends or as part of an organised visit, our aim is that every time someone comes to the Waterworks Museum they will leave having learned something new.

Water Education

Primary Schools

Take a look at what we can offer.

Primary school activities (Key Stages 1 and 2) are organised in co-operation with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water with all sessions taught by a qualified primary science teacher. The education programme is primarily aimed at pupils from 7-11 years old and covers many aspects of Science, Geography, History and Education for Sustainable Development.  Pupils spend a full day at the Museum and learn about water and the vital role it plays in our lives.  There is plenty of hands-on work including simple water-filtering experiments and pond-dipping.  By prior discussion, sessions suitable for Key Stage 1 can also be provided. For information contact: education@dwrcymru.com.

The Museum is currently investigating how it might develop other services for primary schools. The Rotherwas Building, which stands in the Museum's grounds, houses a permanent exhibition to life in Hereford in World War Two, has been used in 2019 by a local school to launch its term topic with a focus on local history. The Museum collection also has great potential to support the teaching of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

The Directors would welcome ideas from teachers on these and other ways in which the Waterworks Museum might support primary education.

Water Education

Secondary Schools

The Waterworks Museum is pleased to be able to offer three modules to support the geography national curriculum (key stage 3), which have been developed by Trainee Teachers from the University of Worcester, Institute of Education, as part of a PGCE Teaching and Learning Project.

The modules comprise a sequence of three lessons centred on a visit to the Waterworks Museum, with a suggested lesson plan, PowerPoint introductions to the theme and, where appropriate, supporting resources.

The Museum would welcome feedback from teachers on ways in which these modules might be developed  or for ideas of other subject areas where the Museum might be a useful resource, especially in support of STEM learning.

For more information contact: info@waterworksmuseum.org.uk

New KS3 Resources


Schools and centres catering for children and young adults with additional learning needs are warmly welcomed.  Sessions can be arranged by prior discussion and tailored to suit the needs of the group.

Our Volunteers will gladly give occasional talks in schools or to adult groups, clubs and societies in the wider community.  Full audio-visual support is available.

Things For Young Visitors To Do

The Waterworks Museum offers outdoor and indoor family fun for visitors of all ages.

The main attraction for younger visitors is the Museum's award-winning Heritage Water Park, which is an active element of the Museum's education offering. The park is an outdoor exhibit comprising nine hands on artefacts designed to be used by children, but enjoyed by all our visitors.  It is also a safe space for parent/guardian supervised play and, in good weather, family picnics.

Inside, there is a range of activities for younger visitors from pre-school to early teens - dressing up/play area, quiz and colouring cards. The 'Freddy the Frog' trail is very popular and around the Museum there pumps and replica water-lifting devices to try. 

Did You Know!

  • 01160The oldest part of the Museum is 160 year old and dates back to 1856 and the creation of Hereford City’s first municipal water supply.
  • 025,400In 2015, volunteers welcomed over 5,400 visitors to the Museum (a record year).
  • 0340The Waterworks Museum was established over 40 years ago in 1974.

What visitors say

A great day overall; we intend to come again!

Fantastic hands-on experience for children. Mary was great!

Super afternoon; learnt lots; great hands-on fun. Thank you Mary!

Another fabulous day at the Museum!