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Papplewick Pumping Station presents: A War To End All Wars, August 25th & 26th, 11am-5pm

On August 24th & 25th Papplewick Pumping Station in association with Echoes of a Gilded Age will present a First World War steaming event with encampment, displays and performances commemorating the war of 1914-18.
The story unfolds over both days of the event from the outbreak of war to the horrors of the Somme in 1916 through drama, music, poetry, and original accounts. Visitors will also learn about the changes on the home front as women took over traditionally male roles in factories and on the land. A period encampment and hospital display plus costumes, artefacts and replicas will be set up at the Pumping Station with the beam engines in steam and reservoir tours also available. The event will involve comedy and family fun too, with interactive features for children but never forgetting that this was the war to end all wars.

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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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