The Beam Engines

The main building on the site houses the 4 massive Gimson beam engines, which have all now been restored to full working order. At various special events throughout the year one or more of the engines are steamed for the public to observe. Originally built in Leicester in 1891 for the purpose of pumping sewage to a new treatment works at Beaumont Leys off Anstey Lane. The engines worked untill 1964 when electric pumps started to take over their duties and it finally closed soon after as a pumping station on completion of the new sewage works at Wanlip.

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Exhibitions and events

Flushed with Pride

Permanent exhibition

This exhibition highlights the history and science of public health in Leicester, using historic exhibits. The history of everyday terminology for our bodily waste is graffitied on a toilet door....

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