Heritage & Museums

Waterworks Museum – Hereford

A working steam heritage museum and visitor attraction with something for visitors of all ages.  Open every Tuesday and on 20 ‘steam’ days between Easter & October – on the 2nd & last Sunday of the month and bank holidays. The museum’s collection and archive room includes exhibits items from across Herefordshire, its neighbouring counties and beyond. The museum is a time capsule of social history told through the story of drinking water.   Attractions include hands-on exhibits across the museum, including a unique children’s heritage water park, and a permanent exhibition to Hereford in WW2.

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Activities for children and young people

The Heritage Water Park is a play ‘n’ learn zone with hands-on exhibits for visitors of all ages to use (and get some ‘sneaky education’ too). For 10 years the museum’s annual calendar has included 6 school holiday events for children (2 in the summer and 1 at Easter & each half-term holiday). The museum has capacity to receive a limited number of students (16+) on engineering/related courses who work as volunteers on a Tuesday to gain experience to compliment their studies, boost their pre-employment skills, etc. Each year the museum receives (heavily subsidised) group visits from within the local community – Scouts, Brownies, etc.

How we work with schools

  • The Waterworks Museum provides a free to use education service for primary schools delivered by qualified teachers employed by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. This is available on Tuesdays in term time and is mainly (but not exclusively) targeted at KS2 pupils.
  • (NEW) PGCE students from the Worcester Institute of Education have developed 3 themed modules for pupils at KS3. Each comes with lesson plans and teaching resources and comprises of 3 self-taught lessons, the middle of one of which is delivered at the Waterworks Museum.
  • Museum directors also support seminars for BTEC/A’ level Tourism & Business Studies sixth form students.

How much do we charge?

The Waterworks Museum’s work with schools is generally free of charge.

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