London Museum of Water & Steam

London Museum of Water & Steam Steam power comes alive at the London Museum of Water & Steam!
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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. 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.

17/06/2020

11am storytime 'Slinky Malinki Open the Door' 🐈

On this day in 1944, The Metropolitan Water Board decided Kew Bridge Waterworks should be preserved as a Museum. We're s...
16/06/2020

On this day in 1944, The Metropolitan Water Board decided Kew Bridge Waterworks should be preserved as a Museum. We're so glad they did.
Photo: Silver Jack Photography

14/06/2020
BBC One

We absolutely love this! Water truly is incredible. 💦 Find out how we all drink dinosaur wee! 🦕🦖

Every day you drink dinosaur pee.

Mind. Blown.

New writing challenge! ✏
13/06/2020

New writing challenge! ✏

✍️Writing challenge, week 2️⃣ Here we go📣

Look at the adjectives that you wrote in Week 1️⃣ for the letters #R and #T. Ready?

Freewrite for 1 minute⏳on each adjective about how and why this relates to Brentford for you.
This can take the form of anything you choose but…
❌ DO NOT take your pen off the page✒️

#Freewrite example: Brentford is raunchy because it made me think of the time I saw someone lisp quite loudly outside the steam factory and I swear I could smell the sweat of these two figures pummeling against the rock my grandad…

Credit to Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu

#BrentfordLAG #CreativeWriting London Museum of Water & Steam #ColourfulHounslow #ACESupported

10/06/2020

11am storytime. 'Molly's Jolly Brolly' ☔

We love collaborating with Creative People & Places Hounslow. This looks great for Friday evening! 💃🕺
09/06/2020

We love collaborating with Creative People & Places Hounslow. This looks great for Friday evening! 💃🕺

Our last Hounslow Dance Party is nearly here!

Join us one final time at 6pm this Friday. Book in via our eventbrite link (follow the link to the Watermans website below) to join us on Zoom or watch here on Facebook Live!

https://www.watermans.org.uk/events/hounslow-dance-party/

We love this creative writing starter from Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu with Creative People & Places Hounslow Suitable for all ...
08/06/2020

We love this creative writing starter from Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu with Creative People & Places Hounslow Suitable for all ages! How many words can you think of?
B R E N T F O R D

Bored on Saturday morning? 🤓
Are you up for writing challenges? ✍️
Introducing a series of 10 warming up exercises that everyone can play with!
Thanks to #TristanFynnAiduenu for this great opportunity to get creative at home!

So here is the 1️⃣st one:
Split BRENTFORD into letters. Taking 30 seconds ⏳ for each letter write down as many adjectives as you can to associate with Brentford. An example?
B: Busy, British, Broad, Beautiful...
Just empty your mind and get creative!
Next challenge coming up next week🤩

#BrentfordLAG #CreativeWrtiting #WritingChallenges #CreativeAtHome

We are very excited to announce that we'll be going live here on Facebook at 11am on Wednesday! 🥳Gemma can't wait to sha...
08/06/2020

We are very excited to announce that we'll be going live here on Facebook at 11am on Wednesday! 🥳
Gemma can't wait to share the story of 'Molly's Jolly Brolly' by Erica-Jane Waters
Let us know if you've enjoyed our school holiday storytimes at the Museum, like back in February half term when we read a book in the bathtub 😂🛀

06/06/2020

To all our volunteers we want to say thank you. We know how much the Museum means to you. We know for many of you this is the longest you've ever been away from the site and we thank you so much for everything you do. ❤

Our volunteers do so many things we'd like to celebrate through the power of emojis! Can you work out what any of them represent?

👋🎟️👉👍📞
👩‍🌾🌻🌱
🤗🗣
👨‍💻📑🗂📚
⏰🛎💫
💡👨‍🔧💦
👩‍🏭🚂
👩‍👧‍👦🤹‍♀️🥁👶🤱🖌🖍
🏚❗🏠✔

#volunteersweek

As a small independent museum, the last few months of closure have been enormously challenging, with 89% of our income d...
05/06/2020

As a small independent museum, the last few months of closure have been enormously challenging, with 89% of our income disappearing overnight and our small staff team furloughed since 1st April.

We are delighted to announce that thanks to public funding from the The National Lottery through Arts Council England we have been able to unfurlough the Director and Learning Coordinator with immediate effect.

With these two key members of staff back in post we will be able to drive forward with our post-coronavirus strategy, help build long-term sustainability and resilience through seeking additional sources of funding and adapting our business model and offer, increase support to our community of independent artists and creatives and importantly plan ways to welcome our different audiences and communities back to our site as safely as possible.

If you know someone from the Brentford Towers Estate who deserves recognition for their commitment and support of the lo...
26/05/2020

If you know someone from the Brentford Towers Estate who deserves recognition for their commitment and support of the local community, you've got until 31st May to nominate them as a Hounslow Hidden Hero.

If selected their portrait could feature in a local exhibition alongside other Hounslow legends, by artist Laura Edralin.

Take a look at our flyer for details of how to submit your nomination!

#OurBrentfordTowers #Hounslow #TW8 Creative People & Places Hounslow

We’re still taking submissions for #OurBentfordTowers project! If you live on the Brentford Towers Estate tell us about ...
18/05/2020

We’re still taking submissions for #OurBentfordTowers project! If you live on the Brentford Towers Estate tell us about what you can see and hear, and be part of our online exhibition. There are no restrictions to entries, share your experiences as creatively as you can!

#Hounslow #TW8 #Brentford

Thursday morning isn't always the best time for a headscratcher, but if you're in the mood, you can tell us what this ob...
07/05/2020

Thursday morning isn't always the best time for a headscratcher, but if you're in the mood, you can tell us what this object is!

Remember, if you're in early and you're certain you know, we'd love a funny answer...

We are excited to announce that participants of #OurBrentfordTowers have been invited by Creative People & Places Hounsl...
05/05/2020

We are excited to announce that participants of #OurBrentfordTowers have been invited by Creative People & Places Hounslow, to take part in Hounslow’s Hidden Heroes - an exhibition of portraits celebrating the heroic actions of those within our community.

Portraits for the exhibition will be created by artist Laura Edralin. Each person featured will be nominated by a friend, colleague or family member, and through support from the Museum, one portrait will highlight someone from the Brentford Towers Estate.

Details of how to make a nomination are included in the flyer attached to this post.

Please share to help us spread the word and celebrate our local heroes!

#Hounslow #TW8 #LondonMuseumofWaterandSteam #Brentford #KewBridge

Can anyone tell us what this item is and what it's used for?If you're in early and are sure you know, we'd be interested...
02/05/2020

Can anyone tell us what this item is and what it's used for?

If you're in early and are sure you know, we'd be interested in hearing your funniest answers. For those of you very keen to know, we'll announce what it is later today.
#museumfromhome

Are you a Hounslow-based visual artist? Our friends at Watermans - Cinema, Theatre & Exhibits are looking for digital an...
01/05/2020
Creating at Home

Are you a Hounslow-based visual artist?

Our friends at Watermans - Cinema, Theatre & Exhibits are looking for digital and photographic work for an upcoming exhibition ‘Creating At Home’, inspired by our changing relationship to domestic spaces.

Deadline 3 May 2020. More details here https://hounslowvisualarts.org.uk/join-in/creating-at-home/

Hounslow-based visual artists are invited to submit digital and photographic works to our project ‘Creating at Home’, a collaboration between CPP Hounslow and BA Photography students at University …

This photograph from 1877 doesn't look related to our collections at first glance- but it very much is. This photograph ...
01/05/2020

This photograph from 1877 doesn't look related to our collections at first glance- but it very much is.

This photograph shows a water cart at work. When horses and carts were used for transport, the metal rim of the wheel would kick up dust and debris from the road. To prevent the roads from becomingand too dusty difficult to use, the local authority would send a cart to spray water behind it.

If you look carefully, you can see the water spray!

This Fairy soap from our collections was made in the 1970s!You might notice something interesting in the bottom right ha...
30/04/2020

This Fairy soap from our collections was made in the 1970s!

You might notice something interesting in the bottom right hand corner of the packet- this soap came in tablet form rather than the liquid form that is so popular today.

Before anyone gets any ideas- the soap is past its use by date!

#museumfromhome

If you live on the Brentford Towers Estate this might be a familiar view to you! This photograph shows a rooftop view of...
27/04/2020

If you live on the Brentford Towers Estate this might be a familiar view to you!

This photograph shows a rooftop view of part of the original Kew Bridge Waterworks site, now the main entrance of the Museum and the location of our garden, steam railway and engine shed.

Do you have any rooftop photographs of the Museum, or can you draw a picture of how the museum looks to you today?

Share your images using the hashtag #OurBrentfordTowers and we will include them in an online exhibition on our website: https://waterandsteam.org.uk/ourbrentfordtowers/

#Brentford #MuseumFromHome #Hounslow #TW8 #HomeLearning

London Museum of Water & Steam's cover photo
23/04/2020

London Museum of Water & Steam's cover photo

One of our first #OurBrentfordTowers creative submissions included a question; what did this place look like 100 years a...
23/04/2020

One of our first #OurBrentfordTowers creative submissions included a question; what did this place look like 100 years ago?

We don't have a picture from 1920, but here's one from before the Brentford Towers were built. Does anyone have an image taken from the same position today? We'd love to do a comparison!

#Brentford #TW8 #Hounslow

We’ve been digging through the archives as part of the #OurBrentfordTowers project, and discovered we have more in commo...
20/04/2020

We’ve been digging through the archives as part of the #OurBrentfordTowers project, and discovered we have more in common with our neighbours than just the site of the original Waterworks!

Do you currently live on the estate and are a Doctor Who fan? Did you know that two separate episodes of Doctor Who were filmed at both locations?

The first in 1972, when the Brentford Towers featured in ‘Day of the Daleks’ starring Jon Pertwee as the third Doctor.

The second in 1988, when Sylvester McCoy returned as the seventh Doctor to film ’Remembrance of the Daleks’ at the Museum.

Does anyone remember the filming taking place, did you sneak a picture of what was happening? We’d love to hear from you!

The Brentford Towers Residents Association #Hownslow #TW8 #HomeLearning

The third and final #OurBrentfordTowers activity is inspired by the names of the towers. Cornish, Maudslay, Boulton, Har...
06/04/2020

The third and final #OurBrentfordTowers activity is inspired by the names of the towers. Cornish, Maudslay, Boulton, Harvey, Fraser and Wicksteed are all names connected to the history of the Kew Bridge Waterworks.

Can you turn the names of the Brentford Towers into characters that feature in a comic strip story about life on the estate?

Take a look at our ‘Who’s Who’ guide to find out more about each name, and then use our comic strip template to help create your own story.

Don’t forget to share your creations with us here on Facebook!

#Hounslow #Brentford #TW8 #HomeLearning

Today we're excited to launch the second of our at-home activities for residents on the Brentford Towers Estate. What ca...
03/04/2020

Today we're excited to launch the second of our at-home activities for residents on the Brentford Towers Estate.

What can you HEAR from the Towers?

Why not take a moment to close your eyes and focus on the things you can hear.

Use our activity sheet for ideas and inspiration about how to capture the things you can hear.

Share your creations by tagging us on Facebook, and using the hashtag #OurBrentfordTowers

We’re building a page on our website dedicated to your work. Check back here over the next few days to find out more.

#Hounslow #Brentford #TW8 #HomeLearning

We're raiding the archives for all things hygiene- take a look at this Sunlight Soap from our collections!The history of...
02/04/2020

We're raiding the archives for all things hygiene- take a look at this Sunlight Soap from our collections!

The history of soap (and soap selling) is an interesting one. You might be a fan of The Archers, Coronation Street, or Emmerdale - all part of a genre known as the soap opera.

Why soap opera? The soap market was flooded, and soap companies needed to be able to differentiate themselves to their audiences. Many radio plays were sponsored by soap companies, which is why we still call them "soaps" today!

Do you remember this soap? What was it used for in your house?

Calling all residents on the Brentford Towers Estate! What can you SEE from the Towers? The first of our at-home activit...
01/04/2020

Calling all residents on the Brentford Towers Estate!

What can you SEE from the Towers?

The first of our at-home activities asks you to think about the things you can SEE from the towers?

Take a look at our activity sheet for ideas and inspiration about how to capture the things you see every day.

Share your creations by tagging us on Facebook, and using the hashtag #OurBrentfordTowers

We’re building a page on our website dedicated to your work. Check back here over the next few days to find out more.

#Hounslow #Brentford #TW8 #Homelearning

Calling all residents on the Brentford Towers Estate! Did you know that the Brentford Towers were built on land once use...
31/03/2020

Calling all residents on the Brentford Towers Estate!

Did you know that the Brentford Towers were built on land once used as filter beds and reservoirs for the Kew Bridge Waterworks?

We want to create an online exhibition about life on the estate today and we would love to hear your stories about being part of the Brentford Towers community.

Starting tomorrow, we'll be posting at-home activities to help you get creative and share your experiences with us.

Use the hashtag #OurBrentfordTowers and share this message with all your neighbours!

#Hounslow #Brentford #LondonMuseumofWaterandSteam

Ad The new Great Brain Robbery and The Train to Impossible Places are now out! Follow the link on the image to learn mor...
31/03/2020

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31/03/2020

11am make a sponge boat! ⛵

Join us live at 11am today to make a sponge boat! ⛵
31/03/2020

Join us live at 11am today to make a sponge boat! ⛵

Thank you so much to Leo and Nico for showing us the amazing tower they built at home.Please show us all the towers you ...
27/03/2020

Thank you so much to Leo and Nico for showing us the amazing tower they built at home.

Please show us all the towers you are building at home, from your recycling, out of your lego, your books, or anything else, we would be pleased to see them!

London Museum of Water & Steam's cover photo
27/03/2020

London Museum of Water & Steam's cover photo

Address

Green Dragon Lane
London
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)

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

020 8568 4757

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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 :)
We had a super day at London Museum of Water & Steam - great to see the engines with steam up - also this wonderful steam fire engine gave a grand show at the end of the day. Thank you everyone for making us so welcome.
Charity Silent Disco. Kew Steam Museum, Friday 9.11.18 Explore the atmospheric Water and Steam Museum as you have never seen it before. You get free range to have a look around the museum whilst boogying on down. What’s not to like! Tickets £24/£49 at: https://charitysilentdisco.brownpapertickets.com/ All profits go to Breathing Matters UCLH Charity [www.breathingmatters.co.uk]