We offer a range of learning opportunities  for visitors.

For Universities and Colleges

For Schools

For Families 


For Community Groups or Organisations

Crossness welcomes University groups from all over the world and from a broad range of course subjects including Public Health, Architecture, Plumbing, Engineering and Design.


Student Group Visits  


An illustrated talk giving the historical context and impetus for Bazalgette’s revolutionary sewage system for London.

A guided tour of the site and engines.

An opportunity to look around our Great Stink exhibition and extraordinary collection of toilets.

Visits last around 2½ hours and cost £9 per head with a minimum charge of £90 for groups of 10 or less. Accompanying staff are free of charge. Parking for coaches and mini-buses is available on site.


Self-directed Projects


We also encourage staff and students to use Crossness as the starting point for their own self-directed projects and research. The site provides a unique venue to host students’ end of project presentations and exhibitions too.


Work Experience and Volunteering Opportunities for students


Crossness offers a range of opportunities for students to gain experience in front of house roles, tour guiding, catering, marketing and heritage learning.

For further information or to book a visit, please contact the Crossness Learning and Outreach officer via learning@crossness.org.uk.  


We are currently planning our programme for 2022. As part of this, we are looking to teaching staff to advise us on the programme’s content and scheduling to best meet your needs. There will be no charge for local schools participating in the programme.

​If you would like to find out more, please contact the Crossness Learning and Outreach officer at learning@crossness.org.uk. We would welcome your input.

We provide free craft activities for all families visiting on our Open Days. The activities are designed for children and their adults to make and create together in a supportive and fun environment. Each ‘make and take home’ activity explores a different theme related to the Crossness story and participants are introduced to a range of materials and techniques.​

For Adults


We offer guided tours for local community groups on site or we can visit your venue and deliver an entertaining illustrated talk on the history and significance of Crossness (A projector and screen would be required)


For Children


We offer Crossness visits, including hands-on creative learning activities, for school holiday groups, after school clubs, youth groups and cubs, scouts and brownies.


For further information or to book a visit, please contact the Crossness Learning and Outreach officer at learning@crossness.org.uk



The Crossness Archive aims to:

Collect and Preserve archival material which relates to the history of Crossness or to sanitation in general.  Catalogue these materials according to SPECTRUM procedures, and make them accessible to the public. Provide suitable conditions for the storage and preservation of all of the archive materials held by the Trust.


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Email: info@crossness.org.uk

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The Old Works

Thames Water S.T.W.

Bazalgette Way

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London SE2 9AQ


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