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The Power Hall

The Power Hall is packed full of gleaming, beautifully maintained engines, all themed around water.

Each engine was originally used to move water or drive things through it; or used water (hydraulic engines), or steam to drive boat engines. 

The engines are looked after by museum volunteers. If they are on duty when you visit* (look for the men in the overalls!), they will be happy to talk to you about their work.

And from May to September on the first Sunday of every month and on bank holidays you can see the glory of steam in action as our volunteers fire up some of these magnificent engines.

Look out for...

The Yarwood steam engine. This engine used to power the weaver packet boat Davenham on her regular travels bringing soda ash from Winnington Works to Birkenhead or Liverpool for chemical company ICI. 

Davenham's journey used to take her down the Weaver Navigation, onto the Manchester Ship Canal and then to the Mersey. 

Today you can power up her Yarwood engine though she won't be going anywhere!

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* Our museum volunteers help out from five days a year to five days a week. We always need more volunteers and as well as the Power Hall we need help with our gardens, guided tours and more.  If you think you may like to get involved in helping bring the museum to life click here for more information.

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