Education Projects & Lectures

The Get WET Project

The Get WET project was an education project led by the Papplewick Pumping Station Trust and the University of Nottingham and funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, and the University of Nottingham ’s Centre for Advanced Studies, Science Technology and Society Research Priority Group and the School of Education .

The project aimed to promote the importance of water conservation and sustainability. Nottingham Schools worked with artists and university staff to develop a water curriculum which integrates learning in Science, Geography, History and Literacy.
Children learnt about the importance of water through visual art, creative writing, drama, roleplaying and film making, stimulated by visits to the pumping station in steam.

The project ran between 2011 and 2013 and the work not only documented what curriculum knowledge the children acquired but also monitored the changes in the children’s attitudes/and/understanding of water and the importance of water conservation. One of the outcomes of this project was the partnership between the pumping station and Dragon Breath Theatre which led to the Crack in Time and the current Temple To Water education visits.

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Annual Lecture Series


‘Is there enough for all of us? Global growth, climate change and food security’ presented by Lord Deben

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Dame Barbara Stocking, DBE President, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge and former Chief Executive, Oxfam GB Podcast available to listen here.

‘Water: A Victorian Vision and Today’s Reality’ presented by Lord Deben

The Second Papplewick Lecture was held on 21 November 2012 at the University of Nottingham and presented by Lord Deben, the Chair of the Committee on Climate Change. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is an independent body established under the Climate Change Act to advise the Government on emissions targets, and to report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Lord Deben gave an entertaining and thought provoking talk to a packed audience at the University’s Art Lecture Theatre. To watch the lecture on the Pumping Station’s Youtube channel, click here:


No lecture was given due to illness

‘Wet behind the Engineers’ presented by Adam Hart-Davis

The First Papplewick Pumping Station Annual Lecture, held on 3 November 2010, was hosted by the University of Nottingham and Adam Hart-Davis presented a lively lecture entitled ‘Wet behind the Engineers’.

A digital recording of this lecture in mp3 format (56 Kb) is available to download here:

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