My name is Amy Cotterill and I would like to adopt the Museum of Power.
Tell us a bit more about yourself
I work behind the scenes of a local authority museum service. I previously studied Ancient History and Archaeology, followed by Cultural Heritage Management, both at the University of Wales, Lampeter. In my spare time, I write short stories under my maiden name Amy Griffin. I’m gadget and internet mad, a bookworm and tweet as @grifflett.
Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The Museum of Power is at Langford, near Maldon in Essex. It is set in beautiful grounds, which the River Blackwater runs through. The main exhibits are housed in a 1920s Steam Pumping Station, the former generator hall and boiler house. Displays include a Lilleshall triple-expansion steam engine, train engines and clock mechanisms. The grounds also include a model village and miniature railway which you can ride on special event days. While it does have a small number of staff, it is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers.
Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
I first visited this museum when I got them involved in multi-museum project for young people which I ran a few years ago. I want to adopt it because it is so very hands-on, is science based and therefore different to the history museums I regularly visit and because it is instantly engaging to a variety of audiences. I am impressed by the dedication of the volunteers and the quality of service they are able to provide on a limited budget. This museum is an undervalued local gem and I would like to help promote the excellent displays, their events, their conservation work and their volunteer programme.
Why would you recommend people visit?
The Museum of Power is a great venue for families, as there is so much to see and do, including regular events, hands-on displays and the railway. The grounds make a perfect picnic venue and there is lots of space for running round. It is also a great venue for school trips, with excellent resources and covering a variety of curriculum subjects including science and technology, conservation and history. Potential visitors should not think that this is a museum for boys. We girls can have plenty of fun there too. The museum has recently done a lot of remodelling and if you have been before, a return visit to see the improvements would be an excellent day out. For visitors with sensory impairments, this museum offers an excellent experience with things to touch, the sound of the engines running and the smell of the workshop.
How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Something for everyone