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Total raised so far £13,444
+ est. £2828.50
Update: December 4, 2023
We have a very exciting announcement, a generous donor has agreed to match donations on our fundraiser! Between now and January 15th all donations up to £250 will be matched! But not on this crowdfunder page.
In order to access the match funding we have set up a special donation page- but don't worry all donations will be counted towards our overall target of £50,000.
Thanks to our community and supporters we’ve had a very successful start to the fundraiser to save the London Museum of Water & Steam! Let's keep the momentum going!
Update: November 8, 2023
Thanks to you all we have reached that elusive goal of £10,000! We are so excited about how far we have come and we want to keep the momentum going.
Please continue to share the fundraiser and help us get to the next goal of £15,000. At this next goal we will be 50% funded!
Update: November 8, 2023
Thank you! We are now 37% funded towards our goal of £50,000! We hope to reach £10,000 raised on the crowdfunder by next week, will you help us reach that goal?
Update: October 30, 2023
We have an exciting update to make! We have had a big donation of £10,000 to our cause by a generous benefactor for a new (to us!) boiler. As well as an additional 2,500 in Gift Aid! This has helped us take a great step towards steaming our engines sustainably – both financially and environmentally! Can you help us safeguard the museum and give us a bright future by supporting our combined goal of £50,000? We are already 32% of the way there!
Please keep sharing the crowdfunder and consider making a donation. Help us steam on into a bright future!
Update: October 24, 2023
Thank You! We have reached our first big Milestone of £5000!
110 have donated.
£5000 was reached in the first week.
Almost £1000 has been donated in Gift Aid.
We need your help to get to the next big milestone of £10,000 and to reach our eventual goal of £50,000! Help us make it a reality. Steam forward into history, and become a part of London’s water & steam story!
Please donate whatever amount you feel able to. If you are a UK taxpayer, you can increase your donation by 25%, at no extra cost to you, by choosing to ‘Gift Aid’
Since 1974, the Museum has been the guardian of the history of the Kew Bridge Waterworks and our amazing collection of engines. We were built on the determination and ingenuity of a group of volunteers and many of those volunteers then went on to form the nucleus of our Member’s program that exists today.
It's been a difficult few years and our finances are now stretched almost to breaking point. Covid 19 changed the face of cultural heritage visiting and visitor numbers have still not recovered to pre-pandemic levels. To compound this high inflation has increased many of our core costs, in particular utilities, insurances and cleaning. We have no support from government or local authorities, we are an independent charity.
We are making an Urgent Appeal
We’ve got a strong forward plan and an exciting new vision which brings back steam and life to our engines. We are excited about the future but we recognize that we need to develop a much more sustainable operating mode that gets the balance right between generating visitor income and being a community resource. But it will take time to get there. Time we don’t have without extra funds to survive. So we’re asking for your help. You are crucial to realizing the future of the London Museum of Water and Steam – to our ongoing survival.
Our 50th anniversary is just around the corner, celebrating the achievements of those first volunteers and all who have come after! Help us make it a reality. Steam forward into history, and become a part of London’s water & steam story!
Please donate whatever amount you feel able to. If you are a UK taxpayer, you can increase your donation by 25%, at no extra cost to you, by choosing to ‘Gift Aid’.
The museum is central to our communities.
Speak Out in Hounslow: If [the Museum] was to close, our members with learning disabilities and/or autism and their parents/carers would be absolutely devastated. For them the museum is a safe place where they feel welcomed and included and for several members, the only time they leave their homes is when they attend our activities there. This is due to the accessibility and the facilities that meet their needs. They are proud to be part of the museum community and physically change when they realise that it is a place that they can come to without judgement.
Local resident Eamonn, who meets at the museum as part of an independent community mental health support group called it a life line and said: ‘[The London Museum of Water & Steam] is a space we have come to love and rely on. It is an important source of support…’
Our vital community partner Our Barn who provide our food and beverage offer said: [closure of the museum] would disrupt the critical work that we do in empowering young adults with learning difficulties and autism, supporting families, and fostering community bonds. The loss of this invaluable space would be felt deeply by those who depend on it for growth, inclusion, and a sense of belonging’