IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THE STEAMING OF THE ENGINES.
Unfortunately the site steam boiler has accumulated a number of too-expensive-to-solve problems and so was permanently taken out of service in 2021. Therefore, for the foreseeable future, the museum will have no steam.
Alternative means of driving engines are now as follows -
The Goddard & Massey beam engine is running by vacuum, effectively as an atmospheric engine.
The ex- “Reliant” paddle tug Port engine has an electric motor drive, recently remodelled, as has also the ex-
River Thames launch Sisson triple-expansion engine.
An electric-motor-driven blower delivering air through the former steam supply pipework, at 500 millibar, 7 pounds per square inch, enables up to six engines to run. The mill engine “Agnes” can be run solo and slowly, on request and at one hour’s notice to prepare for running.
Museum development work is continuing. April 2023.
The museum will be open on:
Bank Holiday Mondays.
10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Starting Easter Monday 18th April
(Ending at the end of October)
NO LONGER OPEN ON FIRST SUNDAY IN MONTH
Admission is FREE but donations in the box are appreciated to help with restoration and running costs.
Please use the free parking in the Garden Centre Car Park.
The Museum will be closed from Thursday 26th October 2023