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Pumphouse Educational Museum

Lavender Pond and Nature Reserve
Lavender Road
Greater London
SE16 5DZ

The Pumphouse Educational Museum incorporates The Rotherhithe Heritage Museum and the Lavender Pond & Nature Park, is a unique resource in the Surrey Commercial Docks area of Rotherhithe. The Pumphouse was built in 1929 to regulate the water level in the Dock System. When the Surrey Docks closed in 1970, 350 acres became derelict and 270 years of tradition came to an end. The building was refurbished in 1989 and the Heritage Museum opened in 1991.

Housed on the ground floor is the Rotherhithe Heritage Museum which hosts a collection of artefacts dated from Roman times to the present day. It is the story of Rotherhithe and its people as told by a unique collection of objects found on the Thames foreshore. As such, it's a fascinating glimpse into the ordinary daily life of one of the oldest villages in London. The collection is the result of over 14 years mudlarking on the river shore by a local man, Mr Ron Goode.

The first floor has a permanent hands-on exhibition of everyday artefacts from twentieth century homes and the Victorian era through to present day. Used by children to understand the past and by visitors simply to recall those childhood memories the exhibition allows different generations to recall and compare everyday objects.

The Blitz Room, another permanent display, shows home life during the war years. The 1950's display has a working jukebox with authentic records from that era, household objects and kitchenalia, documents and ephemera.The second floor houses the six foot replica of Queen Elizabeth's wedding cake, designed and iced at Peek Freans, Bermondsey, once the employer of many Rotherhithe residents. Here also are the classroom facilities for schools, the office, the children's reference library and the lunch area.

Exciting new exhibition of world famous company that invented the garibaldi, the bourbon and the cream of tomato biscuit!

There is a 1-hectare Nature Park and a pond visited by herons, swans, tufted ducks and mallards. In summer months the pond is teeming with wildlife, dragonflies and damselflies, an ideal place for quiet reflection or pond dipping.

General Information:

  • Local historical walks and talks

  • Reminiscence, Interaction & Communication Training for Care Staff, Managers and Relatives of Older people with Dementia Related Illness

  • Site visits with introductory talk by Head of Centre

  • Exploring the foreshore with experienced guide (tides permitting!)

  • Full access for disabled people to all areas

  • Education Service - please telephone for details

  • Full size reconstruction of Saxon Craft building nestles in Nature Reserve

  • Young Archaeologist Club meets monthly. Contact for details.

  • Eco Club for Parents and Toddlers. Contact for details.
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    Bus: C10, 381.
    Tube: Rotherhithe, Surrey Quays (East London line Closed until 2010) & Canada Water (Jubilee line).
    Rail: London Bridge.
    Thames Ferry: Hilton Hotel.
    Car: by Rotherhithe Street - free parking for museum visitors.

    Pumphouse Educational Museum Postcode for SatNav: SE16 5DZ


    +44 (0)2072 312 976
    +44 (0)2072 312 976

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