Drainage Museum

Our museum is primarily concerned with the history of the unique landscape of the Fens and its drainage. It is housed in the original pump house (dating from the 19th century) and enjoys a picturesque setting on the river bank, which has moorings for visitors arriving by boat. It is also on the Hereward Way for those enjoying a walk out of Ely. The original building has been extended to provide modern visitor facilities.

The Museum is a registered educational charity, a volunteer organisation which has to raise the funds to meet everyday running costs and to finance projects. New volunteers are needed to help at events, open up the museum on non-run days and to serve tea and coffee to visitors.

The Museum has been extended with the assistance of grants from The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation and The Headly Trust together with local business and personal donations.

Open April & October: Saturday, Sunday, Easter Friday and Monday 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Open May 1st to September 30th: Saturday to Tuesday 12.00-4.00pm

Normal Admission Charges (Non-Event Days): Adult £5, Children £2 (6-16 years), Concessions £4.00, Family Ticket £12.00

Free Parking on Site * Disabled Access * Special Events * Hot & Cold Food* Gift Shop

Visit http://www.prickwillowmuseum.com/ for more details of future events.

Tel: Pauline 01353 720737 or Kay 778442

The museum is closed for the winter except for visiting school groups.

Engine Room

Special Events:

Illustrated talks by Mike Petty
Friday November 2, Taming the Fens: Fen Drainage


Renowned Cambridgeshire historian Mike Petty will be delivering a series of talks at Prickwillow Museum. The series is entitled ‘Webbed Feet to Green Wellies’ and covers Fenland life from 1066 to the present day.

Doors open 19.00 for 19.30 start. £3 per person. Refreshments will be available and there’s the opportunity to chat to Mike and other attendees about your own Fenland memories at the end of the talk.

Christmas Special – including Father Christmas in his sleigh!
December 9th, 11.00 – 16.00
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the season and browse the craft stalls for unusual presents. Children free entry to Museum (with adults) – £3 to visit Father Christmas and receive a present. Opportunity to make your Christmas cards and decorations, and even decorate your own fairy cake.

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