2019 Open Days and Tours
We are pleased to say that as we have been able to raise the funds to complete the building work needed in the Beam Engine House that we are able to confirm our 2019 event programme.
View our 'Visit Us' page for full information. The next open day is the 14th April when no pre-booking is needed. Just come along.
Artist Lead River Walk 14th April
In addition, during our Open Day there is an artist lead river walk along the Thames. Book your tickets through Eventbrite where full details are provided. Creatively explore the Thames Path on a 4-mile walk downriver from Woolwich Arsenal to Crossness. Artist, Lily German will lead the group through observational drawings in response to the river, Thames Path and the Grade 1 listed Victorian architecture when reaching Crossness.
Meeting at Woolwich Arsenal Station (National Rail entrance) the walk will follow the river closely, exploring the Thames Path and its past on our journey to Crossness. Local photographer and historian Chris Waite will reveal hidden and local histories along the way to Crossness.
Sir Joseph Bazalgette
28th March 1919 - 15th March 1891
Sir Joseph Bazalgette made the single biggest contribution to the health of Victorian Londoners. It is because of his work that the Thames is now the cleanest metropolitan river in the world. He constructed an extensive network of 82 miles of enclosed sewers culminating on the south side of the river at the amazing Crossness Pumping Station which was opened in 1865 and features some of the most spectacular ornamental cast ironwork.
The site has been lovingly restored by a dedicated team of volunteers, which includes one of the engines, ‘Prince Consort’which is fully operational and has been said to be the largest rotative beam engine in the world. Crossness was open to the public on specified days during the year until a building problem occurred in 2017 and the museum had to close and the restoration work cease. Although there is still a lot of work to do, the pumping station is now able to open for their 2019 event programme starting this month. It is tremendous that this coincides with the momentous occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette on the 28th March 2019.
The pumping station would not have been able to open without the financial help given by their generous individual supporters plus the significant financial help given by Thames Water and Cory Riverside Energy. In addition, Historic England and the London Borough of Bexley have also given invaluable guidance and support to enable the building to re-open to the public and the restoration work to continue. Sir Joseph Bazalgette saved London and these generous supporters have saved Crossness.Emily Gee, Historic England’s Regional Director for London and the South East, said:
“We are delighted that the Grade I listed Crossness Pumping Station in London’s Abbey Wood is open to the public once again, marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette, the Victorian engineering mastermind and public health visionary who designed London’s sewerage system in the mid-19th century. The new underground system helped to save the capital’s inhabitants from further cholera epidemics and other diseases.
“Through grant-funding and our team’s expert advice, we have supported repair and restoration work at Crossness for more than a decade. The pumping station, which opened in 1865, is both beautiful and a brilliant piece of engineering – and nothing quite like it still stands.
“It’s splendid architectural presence reminds us of the important tradition of high quality engineering and design responses in addressing major infrastructure projects in London today.”
Crossness Pumping Station - How We Are Funded
All the money received by the Trust is used to further its primary objectives of conserving and maintaining the buildings engines and site and making them accessible to the public.
Our primary sources of funding are:
Visitors- paying for admission, buying refreshments and items from the shop.
Donations – from individuals keen to support the work of the Trust.
Gift Aid - We encourage those who pay income tax to also sign a Gift Aid declaration when appropriate (usually on admissions and donations) which allows us to claim an additional 25% from HMRC against the income received.
Grants – Grants from organisations such as Historic England, the Homes and Communities Agency and the Heritage Lottery Fund have allowed us to undertake major projects that we just would not be able to finance without their support.
Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) – The Trust is registered as an environmental body. This gives us access to funding through the LCF which uses an element of the taxation incurred by companies using landfill sites. Companies providing grants for projects through this scheme usually require the Trust to find 10% of the cost from other sources. We do this by either seeking a donation specific to the project or by using our own funds derived from visits or general donations.
Filming – we get a significant income from making the site available for both feature films and television programmes.
PRESERVING AN INDUSTRIAL CATHEDRAL
Next Open Day
Sunday 14th April