Twenty years ago in December 1996, NASA sent the first Mars rover in to space, the Spice Girls were top of the pop charts and the Museum of Power started a partnership with us at a historical pumping station, which is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

This month marks 20 years of a formal partnership agreement that has seen the Museum of Power become an important tourist attraction in the Maldon district at our site in Langford.

Housed in a former water pumping station, the Museum of Power, has had a record breaking year for visitor attendance figures. More than 17,000 visitors came through the doors during 2015 and tourists from around the globe have come from as far away as Germany, The Netherlands and even Australia.

Dick Waylen, Chairman of MoP said: “We’re so grateful to Essex & Suffolk Water for allowing us to be based in this wonderful location and to operate the Lilleshall triple-expansion steam water pump, without the company’s support over the past 20 years we would not be as successful as we currently are.”

To mark the 20 years since the agreement between the water company and museum, Heidi Mottram, Chief Executive Officer and our Leadership team, recently spent a day volunteering their services at the museum. The team of ten senior managers did painting, cleaning & restoring the assets in the museum.

Sarah Pinkerton, Head of External Communications said: “The museum has an exciting strategy for expansion and attracting new visitors to such an interesting site at Langford, and recently attracted a grant from The Arts Council in Essex to fund a long-term sustainability programme. The volunteers at the museum are so passionate about the site and this funding is a wonderful reflection of their many years of hard work.

“I am pleased that the support that Essex & Suffolk Water provides has been so useful over the past 20 years and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the museum on its journey to becoming a top visitor attraction in Essex,” she said.

Priti Patel, Member of Parliament for Witham has visited the Museum or Power, now in her constituency.

Ms Patel said: “The Museum of Power is a very special place for people to go and learn and as I’ve seen upon my visits there it is a wonderful centre for education for young and old alike. I’d like to congratulate Essex & Suffolk Water and the Museum of Power on the two decades of such a rewarding partnership and the county is very lucky to have such a strong visitor attraction. I wish them continuing success in their partnership for the future.”

About Langford Pumping Station
Langford Pumping Station was built in 1928 to supply treated water to the Southend district. Prior to 1945, Langford was supplying 96% of the water requirements for the Southend area.

About the Museum of Power
The museum was created in the 1990s by a group of enthusiasts who collected and restored redundant machinery. The museum is a registered charity and works in partnership with us to preserve industrial heritage and illustrate the significance of power and clean water in our lives.

About Steam Pumping Engine ‘Marshall’
Built and installed at Langford by the Lilleshall Company Ltd. of Oakengates in Shropshire, and believed to be the last such steam engine built by them. It was commissioned on 13th January 1931. “MARSHALL” was one of three identical engine and pump sets installed into the building to supply Southend-on-Sea with treated drinking water.

Type: Inverted triple expansion steam pumping engine no. 282 (1930)
Power: 350 horsepower @ 32 rpm.
Flywheel: Diameter 14 ft. (4267mm) weight: 18 tons
Working steam pressure: 210 psi (14.3 bar)