Welcome to the Industrial Heritage Network LONDON (IHNL) page!
Our inaugural meeting is now confirmed!
We’ll be at Crossness Engines on the 3rd May – the agenda is coming soon, watch the space!
The Brunel Museum is a museum in the Brunel Engine House, Rotherhithe, London Borough of Southwark. Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s first and last projects are on the River Thames. The Thames Tunnel with his father Sir Marc Brunel is now an International Landmark Site and the oldest section of tunnel in the London Underground. The Great Eastern Steamship, his monster ship, was launched just down the river and is the prototype for the ocean liner of today. The Museum is a Scheduled Ancient Monument in award winning riverside gardens.
Carshalton Water Tower, West Street, Carshalton, Surrey, is a grade II* listed garden building, built between 1717 and 1720. It contains a suite of rooms which offer both pleasure and practical facilities. The Pump Chamber contains the water wheel which used to power pumps to raise fresh spring water into a cistern, housed at the top of the crowning tower, and to deliver this water on-tap to the mansion, Carshalton House, and fountains in the landscape garden by natural gravity. There is a Bathroom with an exquisite plunge bath, and walls lined with Delft tiles, the Saloon and the Orangery can also be viewed.
HMS Belfast is the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship, with a history that extends to the Arctic Convoys, D-Day, the Cold War, Korea and beyond. Moored on the River Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast tells the story of life on board and explores how war affects and impacts on the morale, resilience and determination of a ship’s community. We take visitors on a journey though the ship’s nine decks and show them what life was like for the 950-strong company, through the real life stories of the people who served on her.
At the height of the Victorian age of ingenuity, Scottish engineer David Kirkaldy moved to London with his pioneering, 116-ton ‘Universal Testing Machine’. He offered, for the first time, the application of independent, calculated testing to the biggest engineering questions of the day. Beneath his carved motto ‘Facts not Opinions’, the unique sight, and smell, of Kirkaldy’s Testing and Experimenting Works can still be experienced at 99 Southwark Street. Both the ‘big machine’ and the building are Grade II* Listed, looked after by a team of volunteers who welcome visitors on open days and at special events with the ambition of inspiring future engineers and innovators.
Based in the historic buildings of the former Kew Bridge Waterworks, the London Museum of Water & Steam tells the story of London’s water supply, the site, its people and the amazing pumping engines that helped to make London the great city it is today. As well as housing the world’s largest collection of stationary steam pumping engines, the Museum is also home to a narrow-gauge steam locomotive and a Waterworks Gallery that traces the development of London’s clean water supply. The Museum offers a fun and educational day out for families and steam enthusiasts alike.