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May 2021

Static Viewing

We are pleased to inform you that the station will be opening for static viewing on Saturdays & Thursdays, commencing on Thursday 20th May.

• All visits will be guided tours only, commencing at 11am and 1pm.
• Tour routes may be affected by building and engineering works.
• Please send an email to enquiries@claymills.org.uk or leave a message on the answerphone to inform us of the date & time and number of visitors for your intended visit.
• On arrival, all visitors MUST report to the Stoker's Rest Cafe to sign in for Track & Trace purposes.
• Inline with current government guidelines for enclosed public spaces, face coverings are to be worn at all times by visitors (unless exempt).
• The maximum number on tours will be 6 with no more than 2 ‘bubbles’ of individuals on any one tour.
• Tight spaces, such as the ‘bathroom’, will not be included in the tour.
• Pre-tour safety briefs will be given by tour lead.
• There will be no Cafe facilities, but visitors may consume any food & drink that they have brought with them.

We kindly ask you to be vigilant and respectful of social distancing as we are still learning how to operate the site with these new circumstances.

November 2020

Corona Virus

It is with regret that, following the recent announcement from HM Government, the Trust has once again made the decision to close the site to visitors until further notice. We have made this decision in order to protect both the public and our volunteer force.

August 2020

Static Viewing

We are pleased to inform you that the station will be opening for static viewing on Heritage Open Days (September 12th & 13th) and Saturdays & Thursdays, commencing on Saturday 12th September.

• All visits will be guided tours only, commencing at 11am and 1pm.
• Please send an email to enquiries@claymills.org.uk to inform us of the date & time and number of visitors for your intended visit
• On arrival, all visitors MUST report to the Stoker's Rest Cafe to sign in for Track & Trace purposes
• Inline with current government guidelines for enclosed public spaces, face coverings are to be worn at all times by visitors (unless exempt)
• The maximum number on tours will be 6 with no more than 2 ‘bubbles’ of individuals on any one tour
• Tight spaces, such as the ‘bathroom’, will not be included in the tour
• Pre-tour safety briefs will be given by tour lead
• There will be no Cafe facilities, but visitors may consume any food & drink that they have brought with them.

We kindly ask you to be vigilant and respectful of social distancing as this is new to everyone and we are still learning how to operate the site with these new circumstances.

June 2020

Corona Virus

It is with regret that the Trust has also decided to cancel the Model show in July and the Internal Combustion Engines event in August.

We hope to be able to open for static viewing soon, and perhaps to be able to hold a steaming event before the year is out.
Please keep coming back to this website for further updates.

April 2020

Corona Virus

Following a review, it has also been decided to cancel the Spring Bank holiday steaming at the end of May and the Model show in July is currently postponed - we hope to reschedule for later in the year. Please keep coming back to this website for further updates and for further information regarding when we will be open again for static viewing by the public.

March 2020

Corona Virus

It is with regret that, following the recent advice from HM Government, the Trust has made the decision to close the site to visitors until further notice and to cancel our next two public steaming events scheduled for Easter and for the Early May Bank Holiday. We have made these decisions in order to protect both the public and our volunteer force, in line with the Government advice.

We hope that we will be able to steam for the public at the planned late May steaming, 24th and 25th May, but we will make a decision on this toward the end of April when perhaps the situation will be clearer. A further steaming event may be added for the period end June / early July – please keep coming back to this website for further updates and for further information regarding when we will be open again for static viewing by the public.

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News Archive

December 2017

• Claymills is featured in a 6 page article in the December edition of Old Glory magazine (No. 334).


July 2017

• On the Summer Open weekend, some of our collection of internal combustion engines ventured out with some visiting engines. Photo-1 Photo-2


May 2017

• Formal "Permission to Start" has now been received from the Heritage Lottery Fund, so the hard work of developing the Visitor Centre project has really started and the clock is ticking.

• A grant of £10,000 has been received from the John and Olga Lloyd Trust to replace the A & B engine cylinder cladding.


February 2017

• Restoration work on Boiler 5 is complete and it is now ready for the steam test. If the boiler passes, it will also be in use on February 26th for the inaugural running of B Engine.

• Update: Boiler 5 has passed its steam test and so both Boilers 4 and 5 will be in use on February 26th.

• Here are a couple of pictures from the weekend, when both Boilers 4 and 5 were supplying steam to 3 working beam engines. Here is B engine.


January 2017

• The New Year steaming started on Sunday with a rainy day, but an impressive number of visitors arrived, including a couple of trucks. Monday was a great sunny day and resulted in a new record for our New Year steaming.

• Two more of the Claymills steam engines have returned to site. These engines had been removed to Ryhope Engines Museum when the station was threatened with demolition and after negotiations have been transferred back to Claymills. The picture shows a Buxton & Thornley pump in the foreground and the Green's economiser engine behind.


November 2016

• The Trust has been notified by the Heritage Lottery Fund that the first round application for the Visitor Centre project has been successful. The first round grant is for £56,100.


October 2016

• Work continues on replacing the brickwork and stone slabs on top of Boiler 5.

• Here are some photos from the October steaming event. Photo-1 Photo-2 Photo-3


September 2016

• The piston rod packings on 'B' Engine have been fitted to the HP and LP cylinders.


August 2016

• A revised bid to build a new visitor centre has been submitted to the HLF.


July 2016

• The cooling water pipework for 'B' Engine has been connected.


June 2016

• The Winch & Wagon display is featured in a 5 page article in the July edition of Old Glory magazine (No. 317).


May 2016

• The May Day steaming also featured a display of paintings of industrial Burton on Trent by the Priory Art group.


April 2016

• His Royal Highness Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, visited Claymills on 7th April as part of a three site visit to Staffordshire. Earlier in the day, he had opened a memorial garden near Lichfield and visited the National Memorial Arboretum. During the visit, the Duke operated the steam hammer, shovelled coal into the boiler and opened the steam valve to start 'D' Engine.

• It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of George Mander, the last chief engineer at Claymills. George began work for Burton Corporation in the 1940s as an apprentice fitter and worked his way up to chief engineer. When the steam pumping was closed down on completion of the new treatment works, George was responsible for saving many of the engines and machinery by transferring them to other organisations. George's meticulous records enabled the Trust to track down and repatriate most of them. Without George's actions, the pumping station would not be what it is today. The Trust owes a great dept to George.


March 2016

• After nearly sixteen years work behind the scenes, the Trust has received confirmation that the Museum Accreditation process has been successful and that Claymills is now a fully Accredited Museum.

• Some time ago, a cast iron fence at Burton Victorian swimming baths was dismantled and transported to Claymills. After much painstaking work to remove layers & layers of old paint, four panels have now been erected.


February 2016

• In order to protect visitors viewing the winch and wagon display, a new fence is being erected. But this is no ordinary fence - it takes 3 or 4 people just to move each section. With the help of a mini digger and a dumper load of concrete, the base was laid.


January 2016

• The Trust has received its 100th "Excellent" review on Tripadvisor.


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