Community support

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


The London Museum of Water and Steam houses the worlds largest collection of working "Cornish" beam engines, including the "Grand Junction 90-inch"- the largest operating beam engine in the world. It tells the story of how clean water directly enabled the growth of London during the Industrial Revolution through its unique collection of steam pumping engines and artefacts, including hands-on exhibits, special exhibitions and "live steam" days during which these huge engines can be seen running in all their glory. In addition to the natural interest this museum generates, it offers a unique educational experience for pupils from local schools, providing creative educational opportunities in all aspects of the curriculum from science and technology to history and social responsibility. It is used by primary schools at key stage 1 and 2, by secondary school pupils to enhance their studies and generate interest in STEM subjects and is increasingly used by local universities and colleges as a teaching aid and source of educational projects for older students.

However, many local residents in the borough struggle financially and are unable to access the museum for themselves and their families. This project will provide up to 3000 half-price annual passes to the local residents living in TW8. This will enable the residents and their children to experience the wonders of their local museum on a regular basis, taking advantage of the theme days to maximise their use of their local resource. Each annual pass purchased gives free entry to the museum for a family of up to three children, including special event days, for a calendar year, allowing an unlimited number of visits to be made. We have recently made contact with the Brentford Towers housing association, which runs and manages the six high rise blocks, built on the pumping station's reservoirs during the 1960's. These blocks house some of the borough's most diverse residents, but which are unfortunately one of the most economically challenged sectors of our local community. This project would encourage and allow every resident to visit our Museum.

The project will allow the expansion of the program of live steam days to encourage a wider audience, will allow the expansion of the educational out-reach programme to maximise use by local schools and educational establishments and will allow tailored programmes to meet the needs of local residents. In addition to the entertainment and educational benefits this will bring, it will help inspire and encourage local children in the core subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, which can be neglected amongst disadvantaged children.

London Museum of Water and Steam

Moment of Pride

These engines gave life to London in the 1800s and volunteers brought them back to life in the 1970s. They inspire & enthral young and old alike. This project helps bring this inspiration within reach of all local residents.

Location: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Greater London TW8 0EN, United Kingdom