This page was written in
2000 as a brief introduction to the museum. In 2003 a fuller site
was produced at www.thepumphouse.org.uk and you should look there.
Lavender Pond and Nature Park
London SE16 5DZ
020 7231 2976
The Pumphouse Educational Museum
incorporates Lavender Pond and Nature Park, the Rotherhithe
Heritage Museum (the only one in Rotherhithe!) and an
environmental study centre.
Prior to the Pumphouse being built in
1929 this was the entrance to the Surrey Commercial Docks and the
Pumphouse was built to regulate the water level in the docks and
allow ships to sail at low tide. On Rotherhithe Street at
Lavender Road stands the Lavender Dock Pump House since re-named
the Pumphouse Educational Museum, and now on three floors:
- The Rotherhithe Heritage Museum
tells the story of Rotherhithe and its people through the
artefacts found on the foreshore of the Thames by local
man Ron Goode. These date from Roman times to the present
day. Other items include Peek Frean memorabilia and the 6
foot replica of Queen Elizabeth's wedding cake. Peek
Frean closed in 1970 and many people in Bermondsey and
Rotherhithe worked in the factory. The Pumphouse has a
copy of the 1906 silent film made of the work in the
factory.A collection of Dockers' tools and clay pipes are
displayed in the museum.
- The first floor has a permanent
hands on exhibition of artefacts from the victorian era
displayed with their modern contemporaries. Used by
children to learn about the past and by visitors simply
to recall those childhood memories, the exhibition allows
different generations to recall and compare everyday
objects. A blitz room is
another permanent display to show life during the war
years in Rotherhithe. The
temporary display at the moment until Christmas is 'The
1950's' complete with authentic jukebox playing original
records from the 50's.
- The Queen's wedding cake, classroom
facilities for schools, a small library and a place to
have a cup of tea! Exit to
the nature park and tranquil pond, resident pair of
swans, visiting herons, tufted ducks and mallards etc.
The Pumphouse provides 4 services:
- An education service to mainstream and SEN schools who
attend for a day on four days of the week.
- A Reminiscence and Communication outreach service to
residential homes for older people, sheltered
accomodation and day care centres.
- An Eco Watch club for local community children.
- A local Heritage Museum.
It is open Monday to Friday 9.30 - 3.30, although the staff
are often on site for groups or desperate visitors until 5!
For more information contact Caroline Marais, the
Head of Centre