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.

The museum is open until the end of September on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 12pm-4pm. 

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.

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

Engine Room

Special Events 2021:

The Vickers Petters Centenary
Saturday – Sunday, 25-26 Septmeber

Sat from 5.00pm, BBQ then folk and traditional music from 6pm; licensed bar. Admission £3 – tickets in advance via the website
Sun from 11am – 4pm – run-day with a mix of classical vehicles and bygones, bouncy castle. Adults £5, concessions £4, children (over 6) £2

 Tel: 01353 688360 during opening hours                                                                             Membership and volunteer enquiries: 01353 720737; 07793 117480                                       Urgent out-of-hours:01353 720419; 07801 050267

Christmas Special
Sunday 5 December 2021


We are planning our Christmas special event, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Father Christmas will visit us – socially distanced, of course!

There will be bygones, fairground models, Christmas music from the fabulous fairground organ, and lots of Christmas crafts.

Watch out for further details during November.

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