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.
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A full list of Museum Shows and Activities can be viewed and downloaded here.
The Museum of Power (MoP), located in Langford Water Pumping Station near Maldon, Essex has received initial National Lottery support* for its ‘Powering Forward’ project from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Development funding of £57,900 will help the Museum progress plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant of £890,700 in autumn 2019.
Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to enrich the core Museum offer and collection, re-energise the visitor experience and learning opportunities, extend community engagement and boost rural tourism in the area.
The programme will focus on using innovative displays and collections to show how technology and engineering have shaped our current lives and will influence the future. Learning opportunities will be offered for all ages from school aged students to mature interests and key to the plan will be activities that will attract families to have fun whilst learning. Outreach presentations will be developed so that if groups cannot attend - MoP can go to them.
A second major part of the project will be the building of a new, welcoming visitor entrance which will include improved toilets, a shop and administration areas. This opening will enable visitors to begin their Museum journey in the gallery displaying our prime exhibit ‘Marshall’, the largest working steam engine in Essex.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, its 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 Essex & Suffolk Water’s portfolio of buildings which support the preservation of industrial heritage.
Commenting on the award, the MoP Chairman, Dick Waylen, said: “The Museum is delighted to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players. In December 2017 we celebrated our 20th anniversary of being open to the public and this initial support will enable us to progress and look forward to a future as a sustainable museum and a respected regional learning and community centre”.
The development phase will begin within a month and is intended to be completed in around 12 months. We will appoint an architect and museum display designers and consult with members of the public on building and exhibition ideas. If our second round funding bid is successful, the delivery phase is expected to be completed by mid-2021.
Click here for details about our 2019 events which are now available to book for - you can find booking forms using the What's on drop down menu at the top of the page.
Click here for details about our camping facililties - camping is available on our show field on weekends it isn't in use for events.
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.
We have had a major update to our website. The new website is a fully responsive / fluid site that is designed to make our site easier to read on mobile and tablet devices. In addition, the website has also had a makeover and now includes our own online Shop, a new Members Only Area and we have also introduced a newsletter to keep all of you informed about what is happening at the Museum.
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We hope you like the improvements we have made and I would like to thank all that have been involved, a big thank you for their time and effort.
The staff at the Museum (Debbie Thomas, James Gulleford & Jeanette Stilts) 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 has joined up with "easyfundraising.org.uk" allowing people purchasing goods on line from many well known retailers to nominate it to receive a percentage of the cost as a donation, at no extra charge to the purchase price. To join free of charge please click here.
The Museum welcomes all dogs as long as they are well behaved and kept on lead while they are visiting, including on event days.
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Visit Us: Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA |Tel: +44 (0) 1621 843183 | Directions
Keeping Industrial History Alive & Working 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.
Museum of Power
Keeping Industrial History Alive & Working
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.