• Preparing in class for your visit

    Initial stimulus:

    Jenny Sparrow’s letter

    This is the stimulus for the children’s quest to visit Papplewick.

    Jenny asks them to find out what Thomas Hawksley is doing to combat the dangers of cholera by improving the water supply to Nottingham.

    The children need to read this before they visit Papplewick.

    (You will receive printed copies of the letter at the Teachers’ Preparatory visit.)

    Download copies here:


    [Older vocabulary] ---------------- [Younger vocabulary]

    ‘Dirty water’

    Jenny also sends them a bottle of ‘dirty water’ (which you will receive at the Teachers’ Preparatory visit).

    Please decide which children will present the letter and the bottle of water to Mr Hawksley at the beginning of the day at Papplewick.

    Images to support Jenny’s letter & pre-visit links

    This PowerPoint has images to support Jenny’s letter, and information/links that you might want to explore with the children before your visit as background.

    Supporting images & pre-visit links

    Supporting Vocabulary

  • This document has Suggested Vocabulary that may be useful before the visit. Download
  • The World Wide Water Words document looks at the word for ‘water’ in many languages. Download
  • Music

    There are 5 original recordings, and accompanying music scores, associated with your visit.

    Track 1 is the song Jenny writes about in her letter (‘And I Laid Her Down’). It could be could be played in conjunction with reading the letter.

    Tracks 2-5 will be sung by Mr Hawksley during the day, amongst others.


    Track 1 Jenny’s Mother’s song - music score

    Track 2 I am the water - music score

    Track 3 Clean water - music score

    Track 4 Water falling - solo - music score

    Track 5 Water falling - ensemble

    Music: Helen Chadwick. Lyrics: Peter Rumney.

    Singers: Bhawna Bhawsar, Nia Davies, John O’Mahony, Becky Matter, Peter Rumney.


    Three A Temple to Water films, by our collaborators Creative Forum, will be shown during your visit. They are posted here for your reference.

    We suggest they are not shown to the class till after they see them during the visit.

    Film 1: Engine House operation & construction

    Film 2: Scullery children playing

    Film 3: Rosmery’s film about water

    Site Map

    You will receive four printed copies of the Papplewick Site Map on the day of the visit, one for each small group, which you can keep afterwards.

    Click here to download the map.

    Contact us

    Do contact us on if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Practical information for your visit

This section outlines all the practical things you need to know, and do, before your school visit to Papplewick.

    Enquiries and Booking

Please contact us on and we will get back to you.

Risk Assessments

  • Please read and check the A Temple to Water Risk Assessment with your own procedures.
  • It should be read in conjunction with the Papplewick PS General Risk Assessment for School Groups, also available below:

Click here to download A Temple to Water Risk Assessment
Click here to download Papplewick PS General Risk Assessment for School Groups

Timetable for your visit

  • The day lasts from 9.30 to 3pm. If there are any issues with your timings, we will discuss them at the Teachers’ Preparatory Meeting beforehand.

Click here to download the Timetable. We will give you copies on the day, updated for your visit if necessary.

Preparing your children for the visit

  • Please look at the list of pre-activities on the left hand column of this page for what you need to do in the classroom before you arrive at Papplewick on the day.


  • Before you arrive, please split your group into four equal smaller groups: ‘Ice’, ‘Snow’, ‘Water’ and ‘Steam’.
  • Each small group should have at least one responsible adult to lead them.
  • Each group leader will receive a laminated, colour coded copy of the A Temple to Water Teachers’ Guide for use during the day.
  • The Guide informs you where to go, and when, and offers questions and background information for each group leader to support children’s explorations of the site.
  • Ideally each group leader should read the downloadable version of the Teacher’s Guide beforehand, to familiarise themselves with the structure and content of the day.
  • There will be additional information for you in some locations.

Click here to download the Teachers’ Guide.

Lunches and Clothing

  • Packed lunches and drinks should be brought. They will be stored safely in the Tea Rooms.
  • Everyone should wear sensible, sturdy shoes, and be prepared for all weather conditions.


  • If there are pupil access issues at all, these must be discussed with us on booking, and at your Teachers’ Preparatory Visit.
  • NB Papplewick Pumping Station is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, so access can be tricky for children with mobility issues, especially access to the Underground Reservoir, where there is no wheelchair access.
    The terrain can be rough at times, and affected by the weather. The team will ensure all children experience the site fully, but do need to discuss any potential issues beforehand.
  • Please let us know if there are any other communication needs that we need to know about in advance.
  • Access to the Reservoir will be dependent on weather conditions, and will be confirmed by the Museum Director.

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