On Sunday 4th July 2021, craftsmen from Herefordshire’s The Cart Shed will entertain visitors by demonstrating their skills at the Waterworks Museum.

This will be the first family open day at the Waterworks Museum since it closed its doors in March 2020 due to Covid-19.  The Museum will be open between 11am and 4pm.

Museum Chairman, Richard Curtis, said: ‘We have waited a long time to welcome visitors back to the Waterworks Museum and I’m delighted that we will have craftsmen from The Cart Shed along to demonstrate country skills such as wood carving, whittling and basket weaving and wood turning by use of a shaving horse and a pole lathe.

‘Our volunteers have worked exceptionally hard during the period the Museum was closed and visitors who have been before will see many changes, especially in the Visitor Centre which has been completely reorganised.  They have also reduced areas of possible visitor bottlenecks by creating new one-way routes around parts of the Museum, which visitors will be asked to follow.’

The Museum’s arrangements for keeping visitors safe can be found on the Museum website: www.waterworksmuseum.org.uk. This includes use of face masks inside our buildings, maintaining appropriate social distancing and use of the hand sanitisation units located around the Museum, especially before using our hands on exhibits.  These safeguards will remain in place until further notice.

Joint Chief Engineer, Mike Glover, added: ‘We would like to thank the many local suppliers we have used in our visitor centre project who have been so helpful at a time of high demand for their goods and services.  These include firms such as Underwood Steel, Clive Watkins Fabricators of Bromyard, Classic Carpets (Border Counties), David Weaver Upholsterer, Signs and Labels Hereford and Radbournes.

Trustees are also pleased to confirm that from Tuesday 13 July 2021, the Waterworks Museum will be open to visitors every Tuesday between 11am and 4pm, returning to opening arrangements that applied before the Covid closure.    

Visitors should please note that, until further notice, light refreshments available in our café will be limited to tea, coffee and pre-packed sandwiches and cake.