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.
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.
• 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