Builder keeps brickworks steaming

Bursledon Brickworks museum is celebrating a windfall donation – appropriately enough, from a local builder!

Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties, who are currently building a development on the edge of the village has given the museum a £500 boost went towards the cost of fuel to run a steam engine at the museum’s open day.

The event saw 370 visitors explore the history of brickwork to coincide with Heritage Open Days’ festival, which provided visitors with free entry to heritage attractions nationwide.

Andy Fry, Volunteer and Trustee at the Bursledon Brickworks Museum, said:

 “On behalf of the staff and volunteers at the museum, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation.

“Contributions like this help to keep our doors open to visitors and for the Brickworks Museum to be highlighted by the housing industry in particular is a real privilege.

“Bricks are a necessity in making homes and buildings, but how they’re made is often taken for granted now.”

The museum was founded as a working brickyard in 1897 but closed in 1974. In recognition of its historical value, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant to create a fully functioning Brickworks Museum at Bursledon.

Andy added:

“We’re proud to be recognised as an important local attraction which educates visitors about the heritage of the site and the rich history of brick making – from how the clay is formed to the making of a brick with original kilns and the power of steam engines.”

The museum was officially opened in 2013 and is run by a team of dedicated volunteers and staff.

Roz Wells, for Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties, said:

 “ We are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes, so we were delighted to provide a donation to the Bursledon Brickworks Museum.”

“We hope everyone enjoyed checking out the local history at the museum on the open day, and that many people will continue to visit the facility long into the future.”

The museum was officially opened in 2013 and is run by a team of dedicated volunteers and staff.