London Museum of Water & Steam

London Museum of Water & Steam Steam power comes alive at the London Museum of Water & Steam! *Our buildings are not currently open - our opening is outside only* Based in the historic buildings of the former Kew Bridge Waterworks, the London Museum of Water & Steam tells the story of London's water supply and the amazing pumping engines that helped to make London the great city it is today.
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We have the world's largest collection of stationary steam pumping engines, many of which you can see working at weekends. For more information about us, our engines and steam schedules and our special events, please visit www.waterandsteam.org.uk.

Operating as usual

19/12/2020
Make a 3D Tree Christmas Card!

Did you know, German physician, Michael Maier, sent the first recorded christmas card to James I way back in 1611? 🎅🎄

Our freelancer Lauren and the Story Box has been getting crafty one final time for our family Saturdays online. Check out our video and find out how to make your very own 3D Tree Christmas Card! ✂😁

What you'll need:

A4 Card (folded in half)
Green Paper.
Glue.
Scissors.
Felt Tip Pens.

Instructions:

1. Draw a seasonal greeting and picture on the front of your A4 Card. We've gone for a winter scene at the museum but you can draw anything you like!
2. Open your card and draw a tree in the middle.
3. Measure your green paper against the tree to cut three strips the same width as the tree at the bottom, middle and top.
4. Concertina your first piece of paper, folding it backwards and forwards.
5. Glue along one outside edge of your concertina and fold it in half so that it opens up into a fan like shape.
6. Close your concertina up and trim the outside corner to a point.
7. Repeat stages 4, 5 and 6 for your other strips of green paper.
8. Glue along the outside edges and put it in your card. When your card opens, your concertinas should fan outwards!

That's it, all finished! Now write a lovely message and give it to a friend or family member! 😄🎄

18/12/2020
Our 2020 Memories

As we wrap up 2020, look back over the highs and lows of this unforgettable year with us. We really, truly couldn't have done it without you!

A huge thank you to our major funders Arts Council England, The National Lottery, London Borough of Hounslow & National Lottery Heritage Fund who enabled us to welcome Speak Out in Hounslow, BeyondAutism, All Aboard Club and Little Voices as well as Brentford Thru My Lens and Our Barn Community!

We may be closed but there are still great ways to enjoy our collection. We've made some jigsaw puzzles of our engines a...
16/12/2020
WaterandSteam - Engines

We may be closed but there are still great ways to enjoy our collection. We've made some jigsaw puzzles of our engines at Jigsaw Planet. Learning Coordinator Gemma has tested out the easy ones, see if you can beat her time!
Tell us your favourite, and which engines you'd like to see next.
https://www.jigsawplanet.com/WaterandSteam/engines

WaterandSteam - Engines - jigsaw puzzle album.

These kind words from Karen of Brentford Thru My Lens were just what we needed this morning!"... to the Musical Museum, ...
16/12/2020
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These kind words from Karen of Brentford Thru My Lens were just what we needed this morning!

"... to the Musical Museum, Watermans, London Museum of Water & Steam (to name a few). Faced with the 3rd enforced closure of the year I just want to say... we support you, we love you as a community and we cannot wait to have you open again. We are routing for you and I really hope when you are able to open again people will come flooding back."

All Aboard Club
14/12/2020

All Aboard Club

With London moving into COVID Tier 3 this Wednesday, the London Museum of Water & Steam will also be closing completely. So unfortunately we are having to cancel our play session at the museum this Sunday. All tickets will be refunded.

We will be organising more play sessions as soon as London moves back to COVID Tier 2. Until then, enjoy your trains at home and we hope to see you soon. - Richard

Unfortunately we've just heard that we have to close again as London moves into Tier 3 on Wednesday. This means we aren'...
14/12/2020

Unfortunately we've just heard that we have to close again as London moves into Tier 3 on Wednesday. This means we aren't able to open this weekend as planned. Thank you as ever for your invaluable support 💙

12/12/2020
Make a Burst Waterpipe Cracker!

Did you know, Christmas Crackers were created in 1846 by Thomas Smith, a British confectioner that was inspired by bon-bon wrappings he saw on a trip to Paris? 🍬💥🎄

Our freelancer Lauren and the Story Box has been getting crafty again for our family Saturdays online. Check out our video and find out how to make your very own Burst Waterpipe Christmas Cracker! ✂😁

What you'll need:

Tissue Paper - dark blue and light blue
Card Roll - from kitchen toll or loo roll.
Glue.
Scissors.
Sting.

Instructions:

1. Cut your card roll into three equal sections
2. Lay out your dark blue tissue paper, cut so that it's wide enough for all three tubes to be layed out in a row with a 3cm gap between each one, and long enough to wrap around the card rolls at least once.
3. Glue your card roll sections to one end of your tissue paper, leaving a 3 cm gap between them,
4. Thread your light blue tissue paper into your rolls. Half of it should line up with one end of your craker, and half line up with the other end of your cracker. When your cracker is pulled, this will be the water bursting out the pipe.
5. Add your cracker snap if you have one. If not don't worry, your cracker just won't make a noise! Place it in the middle of your roll, running through all three sections
6. Add your pize into the middle section.
7. Add a little glue along the opposite side of your tissue paper and roll it around your card.
8. Twist the two outer sections and secure it with string!

That's it, all finished! You can make several so that you have a whole set for Christmas Day! 😄🎄

Fascinating blog about what's been happening with our much-loved engines behind the scenes, particularly our 200 year ol...
10/12/2020
Progress on the Boulton and Watt - London Museum of Water & Steam

Fascinating blog about what's been happening with our much-loved engines behind the scenes, particularly our 200 year old Boulton and Watt engine.
https://waterandsteam.org.uk/progress-on-the-boulton-and-watt/

The next twelve months will be a critical time for the Museum. As we move back into what we hope will be a stable new normal, we will be expected increasingly to manage without the public or charitable support which...

It’s chilly chilly cold and we’ve got snowmen ⛄️ hanging out at the museum with fascinating facts to share!We’re open th...
09/12/2020

It’s chilly chilly cold and we’ve got snowmen ⛄️ hanging out at the museum with fascinating facts to share!

We’re open this Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm. Tickets or annual pass slots need to be booked in advance on our website. We can’t wait to see you!

⛄️ We’ll be nice and quiet, no Christmas crush
⛄️ We’ve got Covid secure measures in place and we’re #GoodToGo ☑️
⛄️ We’ve got a lovely gift shop for stocking fillers!
⛄️ We’ve got a garden and outdoor space to play in
⛄️ We’re a tiny independent charity so every visitor means a lot to us

Wonderful to have Speak Out in Hounslow back taking such beautiful care of our community garden
08/12/2020

Wonderful to have Speak Out in Hounslow back taking such beautiful care of our community garden

05/12/2020
Make a moving Locomotive!

Did you know, the museum has it’s very own train track that was used for transporting coal? 🚂😁

Our freelancer Lauren and the Story Box has been getting crafty again for our family Saturdays online. Check out our reel and find out how to make your very Engine Driver Hat! ✂😁🚂

What you'll need:

2 paper cups.
Scissors.
Pen.
Felt Tips.

Instructions:

1. Draw a line around the bottom of your first cup.
2. Draw your locomotive on the line.
3. Cut around your line and locomotive to complete your foreground.
4. Use your foreground to mark the height and draw a matching line on your second cup.
5. Draw your background above the line on your second cup. We’ve drawn the museum but you can choose anywhere you like.
6. Colour in your foreground and background.
7. Place your background cup inside your foreground cup.
8. You’re ready to go! Hold your foreground whilst turning your background to see your locomotive moving round!

That’s your moving locomotive is finished. 😄🚂

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The café and car park are closed, but we are OPEN! It's never too late to book a timeslot to come and see us, new ticket...
05/12/2020
London Museum of Water and Steam Tickets, Products, Membership Plans Tickets - Buy Online

The café and car park are closed, but we are OPEN! It's never too late to book a timeslot to come and see us, new tickets and annual pass timeslots need to booked online here: https://lmws.digitickets.co.uk/tickets
You can also just pop in to our lovely gift shop, and help support local business and our tiny charity!

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A sneak peak of those snowmen! ⛄️⛄️⛄️ They’re all over the museum! Steam and snow don’t usually mix, but lucky for our s...
03/12/2020

A sneak peak of those snowmen! ⛄️⛄️⛄️ They’re all over the museum! Steam and snow don’t usually mix, but lucky for our snowmen, the engines are sleeping! Book your tickets now at lmws.digitickets.co.uk/tickets
We can’t wait to see you again!

#Brentford #Hounslow #Kew #KewBridge

Big news! We are open this Saturday and Sunday, and all weekends in winter (excluding 26th and 27th December). Tickets a...
30/11/2020

Big news! We are open this Saturday and Sunday, and all weekends in winter (excluding 26th and 27th December). Tickets are available now: https://lmws.digitickets.co.uk/availability/
Avoid the Christmas crush, bring your bubble to stretch their legs and discover some wintery water facts along the way with our snowman trail! ⛄️⛄️⛄️

We love exploring local history with Brentford Thru My Lens! Can you spot our tower on this picture showing the approach...
30/11/2020

We love exploring local history with Brentford Thru My Lens! Can you spot our tower on this picture showing the approach to Kew Bridge in 1938?! If you need a clue, first find the Bridge. Amazing to think that the waterworks was already 100 years old when this photo was taken!

28/11/2020
Make an Engine Driver Hat!

Did you know, our collection includes a steam
locomotive that was built by volunteers? 🚂😁

Our freelancer Lauren and the Story Box has been getting crafty again for our family Saturdays online. Check out our reel and find out how to make your very Engine Driver Hat! 🧢✂😁


What you'll need:

2 or 3 Sheets of A4 Card.
Scissors.
Pen.
Colouring pencils.
Glue.


Instructions:

1. Draw two lines, equidistant from the two long edges of your card. Add tabs spaced along the inner edge of each line and cut them out.
2. Glue the two strips together on one short edge so that the tabs are all on the same side. Wrap it round your head and mark where they meet then use this marker to glue the other short edges together. This will create a circular hat rim.
3. Use your hat rim to draw a circle on your second piece of card and cut it out.
4. Use the tabs on the rim to glue your hat rim and the circle together. You should now have a hat without a peak.
5. Use your hat to draw a curve on your card. This will form the inside edge of your hat’s peak.
6. Draw a bigger curve connected to the inside edge of your peak at both ends. This will create the outside edge of your hat peak.
7. Draw some tabs on the inside edge of your hat peak and cut the whole thing out.
8. Glue your peak on the rim of your hat.

That’s your hat finished. Time to get creative and decorate your hat however you like! 😄🧢

You'll rarely find a steam locomotive driver without a hat! 🚂 From tiny locos to big Victorian locos, hats are everywher...
26/11/2020

You'll rarely find a steam locomotive driver without a hat! 🚂 From tiny locos to big Victorian locos, hats are everywhere. Make your own engine driver hat with Lauren, new video coming this Saturday at 11am!

21/11/2020
Make a Thaumatrope!

Did you know, the Thaumatrope was a popular optical illusion toy in the 19th century?

Our freelancer Lauren and the Story Box has been getting crafty in the first of our family Saturdays online. Check out our video and find out how to make your very own steam engine thaumatrope 🚂😃✂️

What you'll need:

Hole punch
Something round (a cup or mug works well!)
Card
Scissors
Pen
Colouring pencils
String

Instructions:
Using your card, draw around your round object to make a circle and cut it out

Draw the body of your steam engine, one big rectangle, one medium sized rectangle and one small rectangle.

Add three wheels, a funnel and steam then add the detail (Why not take a look at our website, link in bio for inspiration)

Flip your card over so that your steam engine is upside down, face down

Draw your engine driver directly where your large rectangle sits on the other side

Hole punch horizontally both sides of the card and attach the string
Spin your themrotraupe using the string and see your engine driver appear within the engine!

Exciting news! Lauren from Lauren and the Story Box has some fun crafts you can do at home on family Saturdays! Look out...
20/11/2020

Exciting news! Lauren from Lauren and the Story Box has some fun crafts you can do at home on family Saturdays! Look out for the new video on here, Twitter and Instagram tomorrow 😊🚂

Dear visitors, we miss you! We're taking the opportunity during lockdown to carry out essential maintenance and give the...
17/11/2020

Dear visitors, we miss you! We're taking the opportunity during lockdown to carry out essential maintenance and give the Museum buildings some care and attention. In the meantime, let's look back to half term and our fabulous mural of Wallys in the Steam Hall! Where's your Wally?

Thank you to EVERYONE who came and brought the Museum to life for October half term! Your visit made a really big differ...
02/11/2020

Thank you to EVERYONE who came and brought the Museum to life for October half term! Your visit made a really big difference to us. And thank you to the brilliant people at Our Barn Community for the café, and to Karen from Brentford Thru My Lens for the photography exhibition and for introducing us all to Buzz from Brentford FC! Thank you also to the Mayor of Hounslow, Tony Louki and Ruth Cadbury MP for visiting us!

Brentford Thru My Lens
01/11/2020

Brentford Thru My Lens

What a buzzing end to half term week... so much fun with Amy & Buzz this morning! More photos to follow

We are still open for visitors today! 10am-4pm. Sadly we will then have to close until 5th December, at the earliest. We...
01/11/2020
Buy Tickets for Admission Tickets 2020

We are still open for visitors today! 10am-4pm. Sadly we will then have to close until 5th December, at the earliest. We'd love to see you before we close. It's not too late to book to pop in to see us today. Or come and have a cake in our café run by Our Barn Community https://lmws.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/30986?catID=30424

Due to COVID-19, timeslots must be booked in advance. All children are free but must be counted, including babies and toddlers. Every ticket purchased is valid for 1 year and is your Annual Pass. If you have a valid Annual Pass already you can select Adult or Concession Annual Pass Holder and simply...

We have a V.I.B 🐝 coming to see us on Sunday morning!! Buzz from Brentford FC will be here 10.30-11.30am! Come and say h...
31/10/2020

We have a V.I.B 🐝 coming to see us on Sunday morning!! Buzz from Brentford FC will be here 10.30-11.30am! Come and say hello!!!!

Where’s Wally? Where’s YOUR Wally?! We’ve been inviting visitors to make a Wally of themselves to add to our mural in th...
30/10/2020

Where’s Wally? Where’s YOUR Wally?! We’ve been inviting visitors to make a Wally of themselves to add to our mural in the steam hall. Can you spot yours? There’s still time to come and make your own until Sunday. Book online! #WallySpookyMuseumSearch

Did you know, we’ve got a fantastic exhibition of photos of Griffin Park by Brentford Thru My Lens?! Here’s Karen with #...
30/10/2020

Did you know, we’ve got a fantastic exhibition of photos of Griffin Park by Brentford Thru My Lens?! Here’s Karen with #55thMayor of Hounslow Tony Louki and It’s running until Sunday. Book tickets through our website.

Brentford Thru My Lens
27/10/2020

Brentford Thru My Lens

A special visitor today... Hounslow's 55th Mayor Tony Louki

The Mayor came primarily to visit the wonderful new coffee shop at the museum. It is being run by the fantastic charity 'Our Barn'. But I really enjoy talking to the Mayor and I really appreciate the support he gives to 'Brentford Thru My Lens'. Many of you will I know share what one of his fondest childhood memories are... seeing the Christmas lights on the GWR or as we called it then 'The Golden Mile'

I also had other special visitors today, I met some lovely families and managed to sit down and have a chat with someone who enjoys this page. Honestly I love being able to meet you and my exhibitions are an opportunity for me to do that. My thanks to everyone who has visited and/or is visiting. There are still lots of time slots available on the museum website. I am at the museum tomorrow and then I will be back over the weekend.

This half term we invite you to make a Wally of yourself! 🤓 On your journey to find Wally in the #WallySpookyMuseumSearc...
26/10/2020

This half term we invite you to make a Wally of yourself! 🤓 On your journey to find Wally in the #WallySpookyMuseumSearch you can stop at a colouring table and draw yourself as Wally! Where’s your Wally? #KidsInMuseums

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Green Dragon Lane
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TW8 0EN

Buses: 65, 237, 267, 391. All buses stop at Kew Bridge. Main Line Rail: Kew Bridge (South West Trains from Waterloo via Clapham Junction). Tube: Gunnersbury (District Line then 237 or 267 bus) or Kew Gardens (District Line then 391 bus) South Ealing (Piccadilly Line then 65 bus to Kew Bridge)

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All ready for Musical Mark and tiger day ... although think he'll rub this off his face by lunchtime!
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Waddon Engine. 7th March 2020.
The new £20 note is meant to feature Margate Lighthouse but it looks like something else to me.
An interesting museum of the engineering required for pumping and provision of water supply. Also fascinating steam engines and locomotives. Great children’s experiential activities with water pumping and water circulation kept many kids engaged until closing time.
From a few years back:
🎩 The Greatest ShowKIDS! 🎬 7th August 2019 London Museum of Water and Steam 9.30am-3.15pm £30 ❤️Does your child LOVE the Greatest Showman? We do too! ❤️ From the very beginning to the very end your child will be immersed with the music and scenes from The Greatest Showman along with a few magical extras ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Your child will.. 🎤Sing songs and act out scenes from The Greatest Showman 🎪Take part in circus skills 😍Make new friends and develop social and team work skills 🎬Learn new acting and vocal skills ⭐️Gain confidence 🤩Be involved in something that they can be proud of! 😀Make lasting memories 🥳Have lots of FUN! Register your interest by commenting below!
We are sorry to announce that due to a lack of volunteers the railway will not be running this weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thumbs up 👍 lots of hands-on exhibits, lots of trains for my 3.5-year-old train enthusiast and nice and friendly staff. Loved the Splash Zone and had a lovely lunch at the cafe.
An event at Crofton Beam Engines that might be of interest to you guys! www.croftonbeamengines.org/event/science-fair-james-watt-celebration-25-26-27-may/
Visited on Sunday and this is the result :)