Location:The Waterworks Museum - Hereford, Hereford, United Kingdom
Did You Know?
The 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.
To create the Noel Meeke Heritage Water Park a team of 30 volunteers gave over 2,300 hours of their time.
In 2015, volunteers welcomed over 5,400 visitors to the Museum (a record year).
The Museum’s oldest exhibit, a horse drawn fire engine, dates to 1805 and was used on the estate at Stoke Lacey.
The main Museum building is one of less than 6% of all listed buildings that is rated as Grade II*.
The Museum’s collection totals over 3,500 items (including books, documents and records relating to the water industry).
Our working triple-expansion steam engine, which stands two-floors high, was built in 1895 and continued in use supplying water to Hereford until 1952.
In 2000, the Museum was on the listed buildings ‘at risk’ register and at risk of closure.
The Waterworks Museum was established over 40 years ago in 1974.
Volunteers run every aspect of the Museum – we have no paid staff.
The Museum’s display in the Rotherwas Building is the only permanent exhibition dedicated to Hereford in WWII.
The collection includes many important items of our industrial heritage, which but for the intervention of the Museum would have been lost forever.