Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum

Welcome to the web pages of the Prickwillow Engine Museum

Our museum is a registered educational charity, primarily concerned with the history of the unique landscape of the fens and the principles of drainage which created it over the course of several centuries.

The web pages are arranged for easy navigation, with sections dedicated to educational and research material, the museum and its exhibits, membership and volunteer activities and last (but equally important) fund raising.

We are a volunteer organization and, as such, have to raise the funds to finance our projects.

We receive no government funding and rely upon income from admission charges, sales of goods and services, supplemented by the occasional small grants to assist with specific projects.

The day-to-day running of the museum is reliant upon charges, sales and donations to meet the ever-increasing overheads. All work is undertaken by volunteers : We have no employees.

The Museum is currently being extended with the assistance of grants, for Phase 1 of the development, from The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation and The Headly Trust together with local business and personal donations for which we are very grateful.

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Meeting or Exhibition Venue : The large main hall of the museum is available to hire for meetings (when the museum is closed to the public) and the spacious foyer makes an excellent small exhibition venue. The large car park is available as a venue for vehicle and other rallies. Further details here.

Group Visits : The museum is a particularly popular venue for school project visits and audio-visual presentations are arranged to engage the interest of these younger visitors. For Information on school project visits click here.

Visits by private club groups and holiday coach tours are catered for by arrangement, including evening and 'out of season' visits. Group visits can include provision of refreshment and light buffet meals.

Demonstration running of one or more of the large engines is usually possible for group visits and this is combined with an audio-visual presentation to provide a memorable visit.

Facilities : These include a cafe, providing hot and cold drinks, light snacks and ice creams and a shop which stocks a range of gift items, including books and DVDs.

The website is operated for the benefit of the Prickwillow Engine Trust.

Prickwillow Engine Trust is an unincorporated association and a registered charity in England (charity number 285139).

Address : Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum, Main Street, Prickwillow, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4UN.


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Short Video Clips of

the larger Engines

on the Exhibits pages