Historic Monument Celebrates Big Milestone

HISTORIC MONUMENT CELEBRATES BIG MILESTONE

 It’s full steam ahead this August bank holiday weekend as a North East museum is opening its doors to celebrate a special anniversary event.

Ryhope Engines Museum in Sunderland is hosting a free public event in celebration of its 150th anniversary and offering visitors the chance to experience everything the Victorian water works has to offer.  

The volunteer-run museum was built in 1868 and is classed as a Grade II (starred) listed building. It once supplied drinking water to Sunderland and surrounding areas but ceased operation in 1967 after 100 years of continuous use.

Every year, the museum holds Steaming Events around bank holiday weekends, when visitors can see the site in operation.  The museum, which is owned by Northumbrian Water, is also open every Sunday until the end of December, from 2pm to 5pm, as a static exhibit.

The two 100 horsepower beam engines, built by R & W Hawthorn, can be seen working during opening weekends as well as three ′Lancashire′ boilers (from 1908), two of which are in regular use, a blacksmith′s forge, a waterwheel, numerous steam engines, pumps and waterworks accessories.

Keith Bell, Chairman of The Ryhope Engines Trust, said: "We are looking forward to opening our doors to the public this coming bank holiday weekend to help celebrate the Station’s 150th anniversary, 1868 – 2018. We would like to welcome as many visitors as possible to join in the celebrations of this milestone event and to enjoy the continuing preservation of this amazing regional industrial heritage site.

“I feel privileged to be part of the wonderful team of volunteers who give up their time, many times each week, in the preservation of this important heritage site and make it possible for the museum to open to the public.

“I would like to thank all of the volunteers, Northumbrian Water, See It Do It Sunderland, the North East Military Vehicle Club and the North East Classic Vehicle Society for their ongoing support in our preservation aims.”

Ryhope Engines Museum is open to the public from Saturday, August 25 to Monday, 27 August between 11.00am and 4.00pm and features a military vehicle show. The museum offers free limited parking and has improved access for visitors with mobility issues and parents with pushchairs.

For those wanting to really get involved, its best to arrive just before 11am on each of the opening days and help the volunteers start up the engines for the day.

Louise Hunter, Corporate Affairs Director at Northumbrian Water, said: “Ryhope Engines Museum is a great place to visit and is full of amazing heritage right here on our doorstep.

“We’re incredibly proud of the museum, it’s special anniversary and the partnership we have with the volunteers of The Ryhope Engines Trust who do a wonderful job in helping us to preserve it.”

For more information about the museum visit www.ryhopeengines.org.uk

Ryhope Engines Museum can be found on Facebook and Twitter @RyhopeEngines 

Share this

Did you know?

Mowbray Park in Sunderland city centre is one of the oldest parks in the North East. Restored to its former Victorian splendour, it has an intriguing array of art works.

Twitter

RT : While the Museum is closed today, there is still lots going on in for - over https://t.co/P3sfXeYD8E 13 hours 19 min ago
Fancy getting crafty while helping our wildlife this half term holiday? is the place to be! https://t.co/cLKHstUWyt 14 hours 43 min ago
Come and see performances of the The Thief, the Fox & the phoenix tomorrow at Arts Centre Washington.There are perf… https://t.co/rDRZa5KfzX 1 day 7 hours ago
RT : There have been power outages around the city centre today - Museum, Library and Winter Gardens had one just after… https://t.co/5O1RY25x5K 1 day 10 hours ago
RT : Hundreds of families starting to arrive for the BIG Indoor Community Sports Festival here at the Beaco… https://t.co/u10i9xA4zl 1 day 12 hours ago
Looks lovely over there ! Perfect outing for ! https://t.co/sRZPlYP3G8 1 day 12 hours ago
It's a beautiful sunny day here in and what better way to spend an afternoon with the kids this… https://t.co/VvbUUuFyRZ 1 day 15 hours ago
It's so we would like to introduce 'Princess Bella' our very own poochy pal! She loves… https://t.co/6HC10M26ZP 2 days 12 hours ago
There's loads of fun activities taking place at this half term holiday! We think this looks great!… https://t.co/lgPQARbC4V 2 days 13 hours ago
Great idea for half term 👇 https://t.co/5dSK6mTAzT 3 days 6 hours ago
RT : Your chance to get involved as part of our in 2019 is here: https://t.co/bcyWFbFKzW https://t.co/bCyB8LrMpG 3 days 11 hours ago
Follow our special themed trail this half term to find Museum treasures with a connection to Leonardo da Vinci’s dr… https://t.co/Razjjf4pPI 3 days 14 hours ago
This half term explore the genius of da Vinci at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens https://t.co/RSQNzCHTMP 4 days 3 hours ago
RT : 🌟SUNDERLAND is the place to be with TWO soaring high in the city this FEBRUARY https://t.co/UghpO1Bo21 4 days 11 hours ago
RT : The first rule of is...you DO talk about 😂...(and lots of enthusiasm and energy doesn… https://t.co/euQh30Xfm3 1 week 11 hours ago

Facebook

Download the See it Do it app

Sign up to our newsletter

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
4 + 4 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.