The London Museum of Water & Steam is an independent Accredited Museum, governed by the Kew Bridge Engines Trust.

The Kew Bridge Engines Trust and Water Supply Museum Limited, a registered charity, was formed in 1973 with three primary aims:

  • To restore to steam the five historic beam engines at the former Grand Junction Water Works Company’s Kew Bridge Pumping Station
  • Add other important water pumping engines
  • Establish a museum of London’s water supply

Since 1975 we have completed:

  • The restoration of four of the five Cornish steam pumping engines, the earliest dating back to 1820, which were built for the pumping station supplying water to West London until 1944. These colossal engines make up the largest single group of their type in the world.
  • The collection and restoration of other types of water pumping machinery including steam and internal combustion engines and a waterwheel
  • Building the “Water For Life Gallery”, a permanent exhibition exploring London’s water supply from the Roman occupation to the modern day
  • Building and operating the waterworks steam railway, which demonstrates the important role railways played within the industry.
  • Creation and implementation of comprehensive education programme tied into the National Curriculum.
  • Established an archive covering steam and water related topics; an educational service for both adults and children; and a lively annual events programme.
  • Implementation of ‘Project Aquarius’, a c£2.5m investment project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Thames Water and other parties.

The Trustee Board are responsible for the strategic and policy direction of the Museum.

Recent Meeting Minutes

Meeting 184 November 2018

Meeting 185 January 2019

Meeting 186 March 2019

Meeting 187 May 2019

Meeting 188 July 2019

Meeting 189 September 2019

AGM Papers for members 2019 

KBET 2018 AGM 6th December 2019 cover letter

Minutes KBET AGM Minutes 2017 held on 7th September 2018

KBET 2018 AGM notice and agenda 6th December 2019

KBET 2018 balance sheet and financial statement

2018 Annual Report London Museum of Water 2018

London Museum of Water Steam forward plan 2020 to 2025

KBET 2018 signed accounts



Other Membership Documents