Who we are

Kempton Steam Museum is an independent museum governed by the Kempton Great Engines Trust. The trust, a registered Charity, was formed in 1995 with the aim to preserve the historic steam pumping engines at Kempton Park Pumping Station and make them accessible to the public.  All restoration work and the running of the museum is undertaken entirely by a team of unpaid volunteers.  Our activities have been made possible through Thames Water giving us access under a 99 year lease. The Trust is a registered Charity (No. 1048936), and the museum building a Scheduled Monument (No. 153). 

What we do

Restoration and day-to-day operation of the museum is undertaken by volunteers of the Kempton Great Engines Society (KGES).  Since 1995, KGES volunteers have successfully returned the ‘Sir William Prescott’ triple-expansion engine to steam and showcase it to the public on several steaming weekends per year.

Recent achievements include the motorisation of one of our two steam turbines to demonstrate the inner mechanisms. Working parties continue to perform restoration projects to ensure the museum’s unique collection is safe for future generations to enjoy.

The museum is operated entirely by a team of volunteers, and is open from March to November offering special events throughout the year.

Our vision

To be the “must visit” international destination celebrating Britain’s industrial heritage and highlighting the importance of conserving and sustaining clean water supplies now and for the future.

Our Mission

• To tell the story of the Kempton Park site and its vital role in providing clean, safe water to large areas of London continuously for over 100 years, and

• To provide a unique opportunity to view working examples of the pinnacle of traditional steam engine development and the transition to turbine technology

People

Members of the Kempton Great Engines Trust:

John Anderson

John Anderson

Trust Chairman

John spent his career as a civil servant in the Department of Health.

Michael Hamilton

Michael Hamilton

Trust Chairman

After university in Canada and England, Michael was employed in South Africa for four years by the Garfield Weston organisation. After his return to England he worked for more than forty years in the City of London principally in international investment banking. In addition to chairing the KGET Board and the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway Board,  he chairs the Boards of Thames 21 a charity that is the voice for London’s rivers, and Startup Now a charity that works to prevent offending by disadvantaged young women. Michael is an Honorary Fellow of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Nicholas Reynolds

Nicholas Reynolds

Trustee

Nick is a founding member of the Kempton Great Engines Trust. Nick studied Law and spent his working life in accountancy.

In his twenties, Nick became the treasurer of the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust and was instrumental in the founding of the Crofton Beam Engines Trust. After the success at Crofton, Nick liaised with the Metropolitan Water Board to establish Kew Bridge Steam Museum, now the London Museum of Water & Steam. Nick’s proven track record led him to be asked in the 1990s by Thames Water to form the Kempton Great Engines Trust.

Richard Abott

Richard Abott

Company Secretary

Richard is company secretary to the Kempton Great Engines Trust.
After completing an Aircraft Engineering apprenticeship Richard became an Avionic Technician, but then moved to a career in computing. Initially a programmer, he progressed into system analysis and design before concluding his career with various roles in Project Office and Programme Office Management. He retired in 2013.

He is also Membership Secretary for the Kempton Great Engines Society and has been a volunteer since 2014.

David Lawrie

David Lawrie

Trustee

David is a trustee of the Kempton Great Engines Trust.

Teacher.

Christopher Hobson

Christopher Hobson

Trustee

Christopher is a trustee of the Kempton Great Engines Trust.

Architect. 

Susan Webb

Susan Webb

Trustee

Susan is a trustee of the Kempton Great Engines Trust.

Susan studied Law and has worked as a Barrister.

Susan was the Mayor of Spelthorne.

Martin Wicks

Martin Wicks

Trust Treasurer

Martin studied physics and spent his career at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington. Martin worked on several projects including research into fibre optic transmission. 

Martin sits on the British Standards Institute’s committee for fibre optic communications.

Former chair of the NPL Sports & Leisure club.

Martin has been a member and volunteers of KGES since 2016. 

 

Bernard Chorley

Bernard Chorley

Trustee

Bernard worked at the National Physical Laboratory Teddington

Volunteer since 2010.

 

Jerry Scholefield

Jerry Scholefield

Chief Engineer

Jerry is chief engineer of Kempton Steam Museum.

Volunteered since 2008.