MUSEUM RE-OPENING INFORMATION
The Museum & Steam Pump Tea Room have re-opened as of 17th May
Normal hours - Wednesday to Sunday 9:30am-3pm
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 Tea Room. 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.
The Museum re-opened on Monday 17th May from 10am-3pm, alongside other hospitality venues. We have now resumed our normal Wednesday to Sunday opening hours. We look forward to welcoming you back into our Museum.
The Museum of Power (MoP), located in the former Essex & Suffolk Water Pumping Station at Langford, near Maldon, Essex has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) grant of £890,700 for the ‘Powering Forward – Renergising the Visitor and Learning Experience’ project. This award was made by the NLHF Midlands and East Committee at their meeting on 17th March 2021.
Made possible by National Lottery players, the project will deliver a step-change to the core Museum offer by transforming the interpretation, enhancing the visitor experience and advancing opportunities for learning and community engagement. The preparation of the NLHF Round 2 application and consultation undertaken has enabled the Museum to more fully understand what people value and enjoy about the Museum, establish target audiences, identify barriers to growth, and refine the activities which will deliver positive outcomes for heritage, communities and individuals of all ages and interests.
A new welcoming visitor entrance will place visitors before the star exhibit and working engine ‘Marshall’ with the collection undergoing an extensive transformation to reflect new major themes including Power and Water, Power on the Move, Power at Work, Power at Home and a cross cutting theme of Future Power which will demonstrate how power has transformed our world and how we can develop a carbon free future. The contemporary themes and key messages will allow all visitors to understand better the impacts on their lives from technological, social and environmental change.
Inspiring, informative and engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) learning opportunities will be offered for all ages from school aged students to mature interests. Key to the plan will be activities that will enable visitors of all ages and abilities to have fun whilst learning. Outreach presentations will be developed so that if groups cannot attend - MoP can go to them.
Currently, there are over 50 volunteers who attend the MoP regularly and contribute to various tasks ranging from the restoration of collection items, running the railway, operate the model village, gardening and front of house services to delivery of a diverse events and learning programme. The project will create new volunteering opportunities and support volunteer skills development to enhance their enjoyment in supporting the Museum’s future.
Local architects experienced in heritage projects, Ingleton Wood and interpretation design experts, Imagemakers Design & Consultancy Limited, have worked with the Museum through the Development Phase and will continue their roles on the project through to completion.
Langford Water Pumping station was built in the late 1920s by the Southend Water Company as the principal supplier of treated drinking water to the expanding town of Southend on Sea. In its prime it held 3 Lilleshall steam pumping engines. Following its closure in 1963, the 150ft chimney was felled and two of the three steam engines were scrapped but the third engine, ‘Marshall’ was preserved. It was the last engine produced by the Lilleshall Co. Ltd. of Oakengates, Shropshire, and is believed to be the only one of its type in the world still in working condition and remaining in its original location. The engine was returned to steam by the hard work of volunteers in April 2011.
The Museum is part of the Northumbrian Water Group/Essex & Suffolk Water’s portfolio of buildings which support the preservation of industrial heritage.
Commenting on the award, the MoP Chairman, Dr Roger Griffin said: “The Museum is delighted and proud to have received this support thanks to the NLHF and National Lottery players. It will enable the Museum to look forward to a future as a sustainable museum and a respected regional learning and community centre”.
The MoP is an accredited museum committed to giving engineering history a future. It has been open to the public since 1997 displaying its collection of power related items and, in particular, the 1931 Lilleshall steam pumping engine – ‘Marshall’. The MoP is also recognised for its Edwardian belt driven workshop rescued from a North East London factory. It also operates a passenger carrying steam, battery and petrol powered miniature railway which is very popular with visitors on event days.
The pumping station is owned by Northumbrian Water Group (NWG) and the MoP has a 50-year lease whereby It develops, maintains and operates the Museum building and its collections. NWG also contributes to the costs of maintaining the site.
MoP is a volunteer organisation and there will be opportunities for more volunteers, young and old, to come and contribute to the planning and delivery of the most important development in the 27 years that the MoP has existed.
This project will create many openings for new volunteers to join the Museum’s current 60+ team of volunteers who help maintain the collection, deliver events, run the railway, upkeep the garden to provide the best first impression possible and greet our visitors by excellent front of house services.
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The Museum of Power in Langford is delighted and proud to have received a grant of £31,386 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help recover and reopen.
More than £300 million has been awarded to more than 2,700 cultural organisations across the country, including the Museum of Power, in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
The Museum, which is located in the Essex & Suffolk Water’s former pumping station, will be using the award to appoint 2 Event Managers between April – June to commence development of its future major and smaller events programmes following closure during the lockdown, appoint a marketing consultancy to develop a marketing plan and deliver new marketing materials, campaigns and advertisements and purchase barriers, cones and consumables to ensure outdoor events can continue to be undertaken in a COVID secure manner.
Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.
Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."
Dr Roger Griffin, Chair, Museum of Power Board of Trustees, said
“The Museum of Power is very appreciative and proud to have received this award. It will ensure we can fully re-open, recover and support our community to thrive again through our cultural venue providing a great visitor experience, enjoyable community events and engaging and inspiring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics learning opportunities for all.
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:
“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.
We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”
The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.
In line with the current Government roadmap, the Museum’s glorious Steam Pump Tea Room is due to open for an outdoor service on Wednesday, 14th April, with the full Museum operating from Monday, 17th May. For full details regarding opening and upcoming events, please visit our calendar page.
The Museum is proud to have acquired the Visit England 'We're Good to Go' Industry Standard mark which reflects that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, have a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and maintain social distancing.
You can make a donation via our Facebook Fundraiser - all donations will go towards supporting the Museum through this difficult time. Thank You for your support.
TransportFest on Easter Sunday will be postponed until the Summer when restrictions have eased and will take place on Sunday 18th July 2021.
Our 2021 Events Calendar is live but subject to confirmation due to the Covid restrictions. Events will be decided on one month before they are due to take place.
From 17th May onwards we hope to offer the events program as planned subject to Covid restrictions.
Camping is available on our show field on selected dates. See new terms & conditions and booking form on our Camping page.
The Museum is part of the following schemes:
East Anglian Pass – free child with a full paying adult (excludes special event days) - save £2 click here for full details.
Childrens University – The Museum is a great place to get hours on your Children's university passport. Bring the kids along - click here for full details.
The staff at the Museum (Debbie Thomas & James Gulleford) are fully occupied and taking on more work to make the Museum even better. As a result we need to prioritise their time, to arrange a meeting please ring and make an appointment before turning up.
The Museum welcomes all dogs as long as they are well behaved and kept on lead while they are visiting, including on event days.
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.
Visit Us: Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA |Tel: +44 (0) 1621 843183 | Directions
The Museum stages other activities throughout the year, information is obtainable from the calendar page or sign up to our Newsletter to be kept informed.
A most popular attraction for children adults and families alike this fabulous 7¼” gauge miniature railway’s main line carries passengers on a journey of over one quarter of a mile through the seven acres of mature woods and meadows that make up the Museum grounds.
The River Blackwater that flows through the grounds of the Museum is home to a number of types of freshwater fish including dace, roach, chub, pike, carp and the recently reintroduced brown trout. Other ‘visitors’ to the grounds and the river include the water otter.
Discover our model village situated in the grounds of our gardens.
For two Friday evenings during October the model village is illuminated by approximately 500 candles.