Key Stage 1

Water links to many of the topics taught in schools and our museum is a fantastic setting to learn about it. The displays cover features such as cleanliness and health, how we use water from rivers and how these aspects have changed over time.

At the Museum your children will not only love exploring the interactive displays, but they can also experience a range of education sessions designed to stimulate enquiring minds through learning about how clean water is delivered to our homes.

Sessions are challenging and highly interactive, with pupils engaged in making things, investigating and role play.

Please browse the descriptions below, or download the school pack for full details. Contact the Learning Coordinator to arrange your visit to the museum.

We look forward to welcoming you here soon

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Victorian Washday

Children will explore, using real museum objects, how the Victorians did their clothes washing. They will consider the effort involved and how machinery, through time, has changed and automated the process.

Full Steam Ahead!

Your children will witness one of our amazing 19th century engines in steam and learn about the processes and technologies involved in generating the power to pump water into people’s homes.

Wonderful Water Show

The children will travel back in time and learn about the history of making London’s water supply clean. Through role play and museum displays, they will think about clean and dirty water sources, as well as how water is purified and pumped into people’s homes.


Children will ride on a steam train, learn how transport has changed through history, and will get the chance to handle museum objects. Sessions can be adapted to suit the learners by covering energy, motion and forces, and Britain as an industrial nation.