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.  Since 1995, 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

Museum Expansion Project

The Kempton Great Engines Trust is currently embarking on an ambitious project to significantly expand the museum into the old boiler house. Follow this link to learn more about the project Museum Expansion Project.

People

Members of the Kempton Great Engines Trust:

John Anderson

John Anderson

Trust Chairman

Steve Bamforth

Steve Bamforth

Company Secretary

David Lawrie

David Lawrie

Trustee

David is a trustee of the Kempton Great Engines Trust.

 

Susan Webb

Susan Webb

Trustee

 

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 volunteer since 2016.

Jerry Scholefield

Jerry Scholefield

Chief Engineer

Jerry is chief engineer of Kempton Steam Museum.

Volunteered since 2008.

 

Stephen Fielding

Stephen Fielding

Trustee

Volunteered since 2008.