Papplewick Pumping Station
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News from Papplewick Pumping Station
Papplewick’s Get WET project proving a great success
Papplewick’s Get WET education project is progressing well into its second year. Funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation with support from the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Advanced Studies, the project aims to promote the importance of water conservation and sustainability.
Five schools from Nottingham are working with artists and university staff to develop a water curriculum which integrates learning in Science, Geography, History and Literacy. Children learn about the importance of water through visual art, creative writing, drama, roleplaying and film making, and stimulated by visits to the Pumping Station in steam.
When the project concludes later this year the findings will be assembled into resources that teachers from other schools (locally, nationally and internationally) will be able to download from the Pumping Station website and use within their own classrooms.
The team is not only documenting what curriculum knowledge the children have acquired but also monitoring the changes in the children’s attitudes/and/understanding of water and the importance of water conservation. It is hoped that further funding can be acquired to continue the project and eventually roll it out to include more schools in the Nottinghamshire and East Midlands area. Watch this space!!
Bat and Tree Surveys at Papplewick
As part of a proposal to construct a new Education, Exhibition and Community Centre at Papplewick Pumping Station, the Trust has undertaken bat and tree surveys to study the area where the proposed building may one day be built. The Trust is pleased to announce that no bats are present and that the trees that will need to be removed will not have any impact upon the visual appearance of the area or the local habitat and environment. These surveys were funded by Museum Development East Midlands. Click here to download the Bat Survey, click here to download the Tree Survey.
Fernwood Fuels to supply Papplewick’s Danks Boiler
We are pleased to announce that Fernwood Fuels Ltd of Watnall Nottingham is sponsoring the Pumping Station with regular supplies of coal for our Danks boiler. Until the recent sponsorship deal with Fernwood, we had been running the Danks boiler on very poor quality coal which had been affecting our ability to supply steam to the Linby Winding Engine and other exhibits. A test run last Sunday with the new coal was a great success and we were able to run up to 15psi within two hours! Just goes to show what you can do with the right coal!
We are very grateful to Fernwood for their generous sponsorship and look forward to a long and lasting relationship with the company. If you would like to find out more about Fernwood Fuels, who also supply coal for domestic use, please visit their website:
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