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Free entryFree parking nearbyVictorian engineering in actionOpen selected weekends only

Eastney Beam Engine House, with its restored Boulton Watt engines and pumps, was built in 1887 to move sewage across Portsea Island to Eastney, from where it was pumped out to sea. The impressive Victorian beam engines incorporate key features in the evolution of steam powered machines. The working technology represents a significant development in improving the health of Portsmouth residents. A small but fascinating display of other engines and pumps can also be seen. Next door, pupils can visit the Gas Engine House which was opened in 1907 when steam engines became obsolete. Whatever the focus for your visit and however long you stay, we look forward to welcoming you and your pupils soon.

Technology and innovation in action:
1887 Boulton Watt beam engines and pumps
An impressive late Victorian building
Boiler house and two steam boilers
Clayton engine house 1868
Cooling pond (now home to ducks)
Gas engine house 1907
Grasshopper engine and accumulator
Portsmouth crest on keystones
17th century tree trunk water pipes
With great links to KS1 and KS2:
Health and hygiene
Local history
Observational drawing
STEM
The Industrial Revolution
The Victorians
Then and now
Water

With group visit times around 45 minutes to 1hour, why not combine your outing to Eastney Beam Engine with:

  • A picnic in Bransbury Park and a stroll to Eastney Beach, a habitat for nationally rare plant species.
  • A short drive along the seafront to Portsmouth Natural History Museum and Butterfly House (free admission).

Or, visit one of our other great museums nearby.

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