Eastney Beam Engine House

Eastney Beam Engine House Boulton & Watt beam engines and pumps in their original and beautiful 1887 building. Also home to Crossley Condor gas engines and other stationery engines.

Impressive Victorian Engine House with two Boulton and Watt beam engines in situ. Usually open the last weekend of the month from 1.00-5.00 each day.

Thanks to Love Eastney for these lovely photographs of the Gas Engine House and Beam Engine House down at Eastney, gorge...
03/11/2017

Thanks to Love Eastney for these lovely photographs of the Gas Engine House and Beam Engine House down at Eastney, gorgeous!

Fascinating visit to this wonderful example of our Industrial Heritage this afternoon. The volunteers do an amazing job of maintenance here but could really do with some extra help (on wednesday mornings)

Thanks to Ollie Marsh for this lovely article about the Beam Engine House.
01/11/2016
Ollie

Thanks to Ollie Marsh for this lovely article about the Beam Engine House.

Here's an article I wrote about my visit to Eastney Beam Engine House for local news website 'All About My Area'.

Good news! We have the go ahead to re-open, although with some limitations at this point. So we will be open this weeken...
08/09/2016

Good news! We have the go ahead to re-open, although with some limitations at this point. So we will be open this weekend for Heritage Open Days but with limited access to certain areas. Our staff will be on hand to update you with what has been happening.

19/08/2016

Improvements are currently underway at the Eastney Beam Engine site to ensure visitors have a safe visit. We are looking forward to re-opening soon and will post more news as soon as we can so please do check for further information.

Apologies to anyone who tried to visit Eastney in the last weekend in June. Due to unforseen circumstances we will be cl...
08/07/2016

Apologies to anyone who tried to visit Eastney in the last weekend in June. Due to unforseen circumstances we will be closed for a while but please check here and on our website to get an update on progress. We will be undertaking some essential works to the site during this time.

Now the piston cases are getting some attention
18/02/2016

Now the piston cases are getting some attention

We are open, the sun is shining and we are polishing the brass!
18/02/2016

We are open, the sun is shining and we are polishing the brass!

Really looking forward to seeing everyone at Eastney Beam Engine House tomorrow and Thursday for our new half term openi...
16/02/2016

Really looking forward to seeing everyone at Eastney Beam Engine House tomorrow and Thursday for our new half term opening. We are particularly pleased to be able to show you the Gas Engine house with pumps that are unique to Portsmouth.

Mmm, love pancakes, wish our boiler was working so we could do this!
09/02/2016

Mmm, love pancakes, wish our boiler was working so we could do this!

Happy #PancakeDay!

There's only one way to eat them - with sausage and eggs fresh from the shovel.

🍴 #Talyllyn150

So, we had hoped the boiler would be ready for this weekend but unfortunately we are still missing a crucial piece which...
29/01/2016

So, we had hoped the boiler would be ready for this weekend but unfortunately we are still missing a crucial piece which is being manufactured for us.

Sadly, this means no steam so sincere apologies. Our lovely team will be in residence as usual though and if you want to hear more about the trials of looking after an ageing boiler I am sure they will be happy to talk to you!

Morning all, apologies for the quiet period, we have been stripping the boiler and preparing for steam test.New Year mea...
20/01/2016

Morning all, apologies for the quiet period, we have been stripping the boiler and preparing for steam test.

New Year means a slight change to our opening hours so keep your eyes peeled here and on our websites. We will be open as usual at the end of this month on the 30th and 31st from 1.00pm until 5.00pm.

The difference will be we are going to try some openings mid-week in school holidays. The first one will be the 17th and 18th February during half term so please spread the word!

Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum
04/12/2015

Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

This illustration by artist E.J.Sullivan, dated to 1901, is simply titled 'Shabby Genteel Personage'. The accuracy of a character sketch, such as this one, was of utmost importance to Dickens, as the drawings portrayed the characters just as he envisioned them, and gave readers valuable insights about their personalities and motives, as well as the plot. E.J.Sullivan was a British book illustrator who worked in a style which merged the British tradition of illustrations from the 1860's with aspects of Art Nouveau.

Ahhh, those were the days...
02/12/2015

Ahhh, those were the days...

Magnificent view looking along Elm Grove, Southsea probably taken before 1905. The road was well named with all those beautiful trees, bit different now!

Another great event with the Solent Meccano Club this weekend, some of the models are absolutely amazing, great work eve...
30/11/2015

Another great event with the Solent Meccano Club this weekend, some of the models are absolutely amazing, great work everyone!

There are some amazing models on display today, still time to pop down and enjoy the show!
29/11/2015

There are some amazing models on display today, still time to pop down and enjoy the show!

Portsmouth City Museum
27/11/2015

Portsmouth City Museum

We felt like a bit of real nostalgia today and this photograph caught our attention. This is a group of Handleys Ltd vehicles standing outside a Handleys garage in Southsea, dated March 1923.

Handleys of Southsea was a Portsmouth and Southsea shopping institution standing on the corner of Palmerston Road and Osborne Road. George Handley opened his store in 1869. Sadly the store was destroyed during the blitz in 1941 and although rebuilt after the war was eventually taken over by Debenhams in the 1970s.

Twyford Waterworks
27/11/2015

Twyford Waterworks

Don't miss our annual Meccano event at the Beam Engine House, loads of fun for all the family!
27/11/2015

Don't miss our annual Meccano event at the Beam Engine House, loads of fun for all the family!

Portsmouth City Museum
13/10/2015

Portsmouth City Museum

We are getting on with installing 'Childrens TV', had a lovely Soup Dragon moment today!

National Railway Museum
13/10/2015

National Railway Museum

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, which celebrates women in science, technology, engineering and maths. We're celebrating women in the railways with photos from our archives - click on the photos for more detail.

13/10/2015
This Slovakian football team has a live railway track running through its stadium

This Slovakian football team has a live railway track running through its stadium

Every football stadium takes pride in its odd yet characterful eccentricites, however Slovakian team TJ Tatran Čierny Balog have a strong claim to the strangest. The amateur team's pitch lies to the side of a running railway track, with a stand on the other side of it. Trains continue to use the lin…

ERIH - European Route of Industrial Heritage
13/10/2015

ERIH - European Route of Industrial Heritage

Welcome to the 'Aquarius Water Museum' (Aquarius Wasser Museum) at Mülheim/Ruhr in Germany!
Water is indispensable. For life, for power, bathwater, drinking water, you name it… The trouble is that it is not inexhaustible. It can also get polluted. That is easy to forget. But not if you pay a visit to the Aquarius Water Museum in Mülheim an der Ruhr.
The museum is housed in a listed redbrick water tower in the suburb of Styrum. Two lifts take you the top from where there is an all-round view of the neighbouring Styrum castle, the Ruhr valley and the cities of Duisburg, Oberhausen und Mülheim. From here visitors dive into the world of water. The most important tool they have is a computer-chip card. This is the key to a total of 30 multi-media stations on 14 different levels. The exhibition has almost six hours of film and graphic animations just waiting to be called up. In addition there are a huge number of simulations like the video sculpture of a water spring or a talking globe, not forgetting the games and quizzes, all of which can be individually controlled via keyboards, joysticks and interactive television screens.
The elaborate technology succeeds in providing visitors with complicated information in a thoroughly entertaining manner. In this way a virtual journey along the River Ruhr is turned into an encounter with drinking water supplies, power production and ecological themes.
At one point visitors can slip into the role of a 19th century engineer and build their own ship lift. Other playful challenges include taking charge of the control room of a waterworks, processing polluted water at a sewage plant and playing an ecological game that demonstrated the potential hazards which can befall a drop of rain on its way to the sea. A single theme links all these stories, images and adventures: water is precious and needs our protection.
The Styrum water tower is 50 metres high and used to contain around 500,000 litres of water. It was constructed in 1892/3 on instructions from August Thyssen who wanted to supply water to his rolling mills. In 1912 ownership passed to the newly created Rhineland-Westphalian Waterworks Company (RWW). Until it was closed in 1982 it mainly supplied water to the neighbouring industrial plants. In 1992 the RWW opened the Aquarius Industrial Museum in the redesigned tower and since then it has received several awards. What used to store water now stores knowledge.

www.erih.net/nc/countries/detail.html?user_erihobjects_pi2[mode]=1&user_erihobjects_pi2[country]=1&user_erihobjects_pi2[pointer]=0&user_erihobjects_pi2[showUid]=15412&user_erihobjects_pi2[regionalroute]=0&user_erihobjects_pi2[anchorOnly]=0&user_erihobjects_pi2[membersOnly]=0

www.aquarius-wassermuseum.de

https://www.facebook.com/aquariuswassermuseum?ref=ts&fref=ts

https://youtu.be/gyfziDr1Ouc

Great to see the Flying Scotsman return, would love to go...
16/09/2015
Flying Scotsman Season 2016 – National Railway Museum

Great to see the Flying Scotsman return, would love to go...

To mark Flying Scotsman's eagerly anticipated return to the tracks we're planning a whole season of events and activities from February 2016 at our York and Shildon museums to celebrate the fame and celebrity of the locomotive legend.

Meet an array of farm animals as Millers Ark Farm comes to the museum gardens on Wednesday 12th August.12pm-2pm For more...
06/08/2015

Meet an array of farm animals as Millers Ark Farm comes to the museum gardens on Wednesday 12th August.

12pm-2pm

For more information please see our website. http://ow.ly/QatFy

British History
30/06/2015

British History

A sailor reads with his child as he waits for a train at Waterloo station, London c. 1927

The sun is shining, the flags are out and we have steam! What could be better? Pop in for a visit.
27/06/2015

The sun is shining, the flags are out and we have steam! What could be better? Pop in for a visit.

Its that time of the month again and we will definitely be open this weekend as normal from 1.00pm until 5.00 each day a...
26/06/2015

Its that time of the month again and we will definitely be open this weekend as normal from 1.00pm until 5.00 each day and we are in steam. Enjoy a walk along the seafront and drop in to see us!

31/05/2015

Apologies to all, we are unable to open today due to staff illness, very sorry for any inconvenience. We will keep you up to date with the opening at the end of next month.

Keep up with our #AHardChoice #writer in residence Aoife Mannix through her blog http://ow.ly/Nc58W
20/05/2015

Keep up with our #AHardChoice #writer in residence Aoife Mannix through her blog http://ow.ly/Nc58W

Have you got some spare time? Would you like to help care for your local history and heritage? This might be for you!
15/05/2015

Have you got some spare time? Would you like to help care for your local history and heritage? This might be for you!

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to enhance the experience of visitors across its museum and heritage sites, could this be you?

You would be working alongside our Front of House team to ensure the smooth day to day running of the museums and also working in the exhibitions interpreting the displays and interacting with visitors.

If you are interested in volunteering and would like more information about the roles and how to get involved, please contact Cecily Headley, Involving Volunteers Officer at [email protected] or call 02392 834914.

We are really sorry but due to staffing issues Eastney Beam Engine House will not be open on Saturday 25th April.  We wi...
17/04/2015

We are really sorry but due to staffing issues Eastney Beam Engine House will not be open on Saturday 25th April. We will be open on Sunday 26th but not in steam. Normal service will be resumed in May!

Now that is an amazing bridge!
01/04/2015

Now that is an amazing bridge!

Bridges Now and Then

Lyman Timber Co., Hamilton, Wash. "Highest pile trestle in the world." Aug. 31, 1918 by Darius Kinsey.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway
01/04/2015

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Some great pics of Wootton Station today courtesy of Terry Smith

Don't forget, Kids Go Free over the Easter holiday period from 29th March to 12th April inclusive.
More info here . . . http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/easter-fun.aspx

01/04/2015

Welcome to all our new likes and big thank you for getting us over the 100 mark on our page!

John talking about the Grasshopper Engine on Sunday. We have just discovered that there is a painting by William Wyllie ...
30/03/2015

John talking about the Grasshopper Engine on Sunday. We have just discovered that there is a painting by William Wyllie in the main collection that shows the pumping station that this engine came from, this detail from it shows it quite clearly standing in Farlington Marshes.

Big thank you to Jim Hampton and friends for coming along to Eastney this weekend and sharing their steam toys-great fun...
30/03/2015

Big thank you to Jim Hampton and friends for coming along to Eastney this weekend and sharing their steam toys-great fun and we hope everyone enjoyed the event.

Busy round the boiler today, no surprise with the horrible weather outside!
29/03/2015

Busy round the boiler today, no surprise with the horrible weather outside!

Tim Gower taking part in #poseMW runninh the beam engine.
29/03/2015

Tim Gower taking part in #poseMW runninh the beam engine.

Another view of Eastney's amazing roof, a real work of art in iron.
27/03/2015

Another view of Eastney's amazing roof, a real work of art in iron.

27/03/2015

We are thinking about how we can explain Eastney better to our visitors; if you have been, what did you like and not like (just as important!) and what would make your visit better?

Would you like more or less information and how would you like it, so maybe some more traditional labels or perhaps some interactive? Or just more people to explain stuff. All thoughts welcome!

Getting ready to steam the boiler this weekend, can't wait!
26/03/2015

Getting ready to steam the boiler this weekend, can't wait!

Coming up this weekend, toy steam! There will be trains and stationery engines puffing away at Eastney from 1.00 each da...
25/03/2015

Coming up this weekend, toy steam! There will be trains and stationery engines puffing away at Eastney from 1.00 each day. We are hoping to have the Gas Engine House open as well which is looking great.

Volunteers hard at work down at Eastney today-still a bit chilly!
25/03/2015

Volunteers hard at work down at Eastney today-still a bit chilly!

Address

Henderson Road
Portsmouth
PO1 4BL

Opening Hours

Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

023 9282 7261

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Eastney Beam Engine House posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Videos

Nearby museums


Other Community Museums in Portsmouth

Show All