Museum & Tea Room Open
The Museum & Steam Pump Tea Room are open as normal
Usual opening hours Wednesday to Sunday 9:30am-3pm
Open Bank Holidays except Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Last open day 2022: Sunday 18th December
Housed in a former Water Pumping Station, the Museum contains a fascinating collection which ranges from a working overhead machine shop to a petrol powered iron. The jewel in our crown is the 'Lilleshall' triple expansion steam pump now back on steam after 50 years. A video can be found here.
On NON event days there is a small CHARGE for entry to the Museum, however it is FREE for you to explore our riverside walks or enjoy a cream tea in our Steam Pump Tea Room. Entrance fees for our EVENTS are shown on the web site Events Page. There is plenty to do and see for adults and children alike at the Museum of Power.
Another quarter has passed, and the weather was kind for the successful Steampunk, Christmas Fair and Crank up events. January has been a busy month preparing the museum for the New Year. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped in making the museum look its best, both inside and out.
Lilleshall Team: Marshall has been run 24 times in 2021, and completed a total of 15259 revolutions, of which 5510 have been under steam. Other than minor maintenance, the machine ran faultlessly. As one of the main attractions of the museum it not only attracts interest on main event days, but supports numerous school education days.
Workshop/Boiler Team: Pleased to report the issues with the the small Hornsby Akroyd Engine have been resolved, and it runs as smooth as silk. Well as smooth as a Hornsby can run! The boiler had some issues at the Steampunk event, and kept locking out. This should be resolved during its annual strip down for certification.
Railway Team: The new Santa Stop at the model village proved a resounding success, and many happy faces young and old were seen riding the Christmas trains. K1 (Battle) was proving troublesome early in the year and on inspection one new steam injector was required, whilst the others were cleaned and service. It has run faultlessly without any problems since.
Model Village: Santa’s visit to the museum for both the Steampunk, and Christmas Fair proved a resounding success. Over the two events, he saw over 170 children, and with his little helpers ensured that all the children (and parents) went away happy, and smiling. Thanks to all those that made these events a fantastic and enjoyable day, for all those involved.
More Fencing completed: With the help of volunteers from the Railway team, Lillishall team and Kevin from Doe’s another phase of the fencing has been completed, making more areas child save. There is still more to do, so anyone who would like to help with the next pahse please let us know.
School Education Days: To ensure the next young generations are aware of our industrial and scientific heritage, the museum offers a number education programmes for 6 to 11 year olds. The subject areas covered are:- • The Story of Water • The Industrial Revolution • Forces and Magnets • Light and Sound These are led by James Gulleford, Roger Griffin, Dean Jones and Colin Waylen. On these days they try to run both Marshall and the miniature railway if possible, as this always sparks the childrens’ interest. They are always looking for more help on the days, so if anyone is interested, or available to help then please let James know.
The Museum is proud to have acquired the Visit England 'We're Good to Go' Industry Standard mark which reflects that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, have a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and maintain social distancing.
Camping is available on our show field on selected dates. See new terms & conditions and booking form on our Camping page.
The Museum is part of the following schemes:
East Anglian Pass – free child with a full paying adult (excludes special event days) - save £2 click here for full details.
Childrens University – The Museum is a great place to get hours on your Children's university passport. Bring the kids along - click here for full details.
The Museum welcomes all dogs as long as they are well behaved and kept on lead while they are visiting, including on all event days.
The staff at the Museum (Debbie Thomas & James Gulleford) are fully occupied and taking on more work to make the Museum even better. As a result we need to prioritise their time, to arrange a meeting please ring and make an appointment before turning up.
Discover the Museum of Power, a beautiful location with a wealth of historic resources to inspire today's children in today's subjects.
Give your class a unique cross-curricular learning experience. There are opportunities to explore many different subjects in a safe and intriguing environment. A visit to the Museum opens up a range of teaching resources not available in the classroom based around the Museums’ wide range of interesting and engaging themes, More details.
Visit Us: Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA |Tel: +44 (0) 1621 843183 | Directions
The Museum stages other activities throughout the year, information is obtainable from the calendar page or sign up to our Newsletter to be kept informed.
A most popular attraction for children adults and families alike this fabulous 7¼” gauge miniature railway’s main line carries passengers on a journey of over one quarter of a mile through the seven acres of mature woods and meadows that make up the Museum grounds.
The River Blackwater that flows through the grounds of the Museum is home to a number of types of freshwater fish including dace, roach, chub, pike, carp and the recently reintroduced brown trout. Other ‘visitors’ to the grounds and the river include the water otter.
Discover our model village situated in the grounds of our gardens.
For two Friday evenings during October the model village is illuminated by approximately 500 candles.