Museum of Power

Housed in a former Water Pumping Station, the museum contains a fascinating collection which ranges from a working overhead machine shop to a petrol powered iron. The jewel in our crown is the 'Lilleshall' triple expansion steam pump now back on steam after 50 years. A video can be found here.


On NON event days there is a small CHARGE for entry to the museum, however it is FREE for you to explore our riverside walks, climb our observation platform or enjoy a cream tea in our Steam Pump Tearoom. Entrance fees for our EVENTS are shown on the web site Events Page. There is plenty to do and see for adults and children alike at the Museum of Power.

About Us

The Museum, a unique and fascinating experience for all the family, is located at Langford, near Maldon, Essex and is easily accessible from the A12 (see ‘Visiting’).

Set in seven acres of grounds with the River Blackwater running through, the main exhibits are housed in the 1920s Steam Pumping Station, the former generator hall and boiler house.

Pride of place is given to the magnificent Lilleshall triple-expansion steam engine which was returned to steam for the first time in 50 years in April 2011. As a result in September 2013 the museum was awarded “Engineering Heritage Listed Status” by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The Museum includes numerous power-related exhibits that will interest young and the not so young, with many working examples of various power sources, machinery, equipment and tools.

In addition, in the former workshop, the Steam Pump Tearooms (opened in April 2011) offer an extensive selection of refreshments and treats for every age where visitors can relax.

Outside in the grounds more attractions can be found including a model village, picnic area and the ever-popular miniature railway providing rides for all ages at selective events. Photographs of some of our exhibits can be found on Flicker, for access click on the right hand button in the address line at the top of the page.

The Directors, staff and volunteers look forward to welcoming you to the Museum of Power soon.



The museum has been very successfull for many years in staging popular events through out the year and this year is no exception with the return of many favourites. This month on Sunday 6th American & Custon Car Show, 12th & 13th Heritage Weekend (FREE entry to museum) unfortunately the railway will be closed. Friday evenings 18th & 25th ASTARIA Model Village open for its CANDLE LIGHT Evenings. 20th third Sunday in the month Cars & Coffee Meet linked with a new event Pirates of the Blackwater. 13th September to 11th October a special exhibition to mark PAXMAN's 150. Later in the month continuing into October is the MALDON ART TRAIL

More details on our Events page


School Education
School Education Days - Key Stage 1 & 2

Discover the Museum of Power, a beautiful location with a wealth of historic resources to inspire today's children in today's subjects.

Give your class a unique cross-curricular learning experience.  There are opportunities to explore many different subjects in a safe and intriguing environment. A visit to the museum opens up a range of teaching resources not available in the classroom based around the Museums’ wide range of interesting and engaging themes, More details.


Member’s Notice

MemebersThe archive section is now split into two sections. A member’s only area and a non-members area.

The member’s area now requires you to login to view restricted files including the archive of the ‘Power Up’ newsletter that is issued free to all members. Members can apply for a free username login here.

If you are not a member and want to apply please complete the application form which can be found here.

.........Museum and Tearoom OPEN BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY then Wednesday to Sunday .....NEXT EVENT......6TH September.....AMERICAN CUSTOM CAR SHOW.....Miniature Railway OPEN for rides.....Model Village OPEN..and..large pumping engine in STEAM....

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