Steam’s up again at unique museum near Fareham

ATMOSPHERIC Bursledon Brickworks  the only remaining steam-driven brickworks in the country. Pictures: Celia Clark
ATMOSPHERIC Bursledon Brickworks  the only remaining steam-driven brickworks in the country. Pictures: Celia Clark

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A SECOND giant stationary engine has begun operating at the country’s only remaining steam-driven brickworks.

The project to restore the 100-year-old engine to its former glory started last year.

GIANT The new 1908 John Woods & Sons steam engine at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

GIANT The new 1908 John Woods & Sons steam engine at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

A grant was given to the Bursledon Brickworks Museum, near Fareham, by The Association of Independent Museums and Biffa Award as part of their National Heritage Landmark Partnership scheme.

The grant was to restore and install the steam engine into a new location as part of the museum.

The project has allowed the museum to explore a derelict building to the rear of the site that is now the new home for the engine.

For years it had just been a pile of debris but it has been transformed into another working steam display for visitors.

CLAY The new engine will be used to run a wet panmill (the yellow machine here) which will mix clay for use at the museum

CLAY The new engine will be used to run a wet panmill (the yellow machine here) which will mix clay for use at the museum

A team of skilled volunteers undertook much of the restoration work using traditional methods where possible.

The new steam connection is in and visitors can now see both of the museum engines at work.

WORKERS Engineers Les Hanslip (right, front) and Bob Palmer (top of the stairs) who installed the new engine

WORKERS Engineers Les Hanslip (right, front) and Bob Palmer (top of the stairs) who installed the new engine