Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum, Ely

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Prickwillow Museum, formerly known as the Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum, tells the story of the changing face of the Fens and its network of drainage systems and pumping stations. The museum is housed in the old pumping station in Prickwillow, 4mi east of the city of Ely in Cambridgeshire, England.
The museum contains a major collection of large diesel pumping engines which have all been restored to working order.
Prickwillow Museum is funded and run by the Prickwillow Engine Trust, a registered charity, and has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership.
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  • Staffed by a knowledgeable and helpful crew, this museum pays homage to the people and machines who enabled the continued transformation of the fens and lands around Ely. Some large and small...  more »
  • We came to the drainage engine museum on a bit of a whim and we were really glad we did. The gentleman manning the museum was so welcoming, friendly and informative. The museum was a total eye...  more »
  • Wonderful detailed history of both machines and people. In particular, we liked the extensive display of period hand tools and their catalogue of item information. Well put together history of fenland drainage. Friendly, informative volunteers running the museum. Well worth a visit.
  • Good little museum of fen pumping equipment and hand tools used in farming and maintaining the waterways. Certainly an eye opener as to the intricacies of keeping the fens drained and dry over the years. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Ample free parking. Onsite toilet facilities. Small tea shop. If this review is helpful please press like.

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