Project Aquarius Overview
Kew Bridge Steam Museum is pleased to announce that as of April 2012 it has secured a £1.845 Million award via the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This combined with the added contribution our partners Thames Water have already pledged means that as of August we are now starting a £2.3 million family friendly re-development of the Museum. The Museum gratefully acknowledges additional funding which has come in via the London Borough of Hounslow, Charles Haywood Foundation, and the Garfield Weston Foundation and via many small donations from Museum members and visitors.
This award will improve it further as one of London's unique visitor attractions, celebrating the amazing story of London's water supply and the people, objects and history behind it which span over 2000 years.
Our 'Project Aquarius' proposals will include; rebranding the museum to reflect its heritage waterworks theme, new educational displays across all areas, bringing the history of the pumping station and its engines to life, a major new gallery exhibition on London's water supply; past, present and future, new education facilities, new free access cafe and visitor shop, new fun watery interactive exhibits & working models, new historic electric pumping machinery display, new community exhibition space, major landscaping and external improvement works, completion of historic building repairs and new locomotive and refurbished fire engine sheds.
We want to increase our visitor and volunteer numbers to help ensure this amazing Museum continues to flourish and prosper, fully involving the local community with a range of new exhibitions and regular widely themed events.
We want YOU to get involved with the project and we want YOU to help us with raising the funding needed to develop our plans and proposals further, ready for the Museum’s re-launch at the end of 2013. Some of these are for specific heritage project appeals and full details will be posted here soon.
Please leave comments in our feedback section and do contact us to help with volunteering or fundraising.
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