Education Visits & Lectures

Water Education at Papplewick

We are currently establishing a new water education programme for schools at the Pumping Station that will be ready for 2011 summer term.

For KS2 we can tailor make the day to suit your needs with professionally lead sessions ranging from the ever popular ‘pond dipping’ to the new ‘We are Scientists’ where pupils can carry out a range of water based experiments in our learning loft. Our new Tree Measuring activity brings mathematics to life and is now taking bookings. The site can provide a timetable for multi-class visits to include self led trails, a play area and of course the amazing James Watt beam engines in all their Victorian splendour. The cost for all this is just £2.50 (half day) and £4.00 (full day) entry per child. Teachers and support staff visit for free. Prices are based on at least one class visiting and includes a learning session provided by our staff if required.

In 2011, the International Year of Chemistry, pupils around the world will be invited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to explore one of the Earth’s most critical resources, water. The results of their investigations will contribute to a Global Experiment, which will possibly become the biggest Chemistry Experiment ever! Papplewick Pumping Station would like to invite you to take part in this global project - bring your class to our site where our qualified education officer will delight in showing the pupils how water monitoring is carried out. Pupils will then perform these scientific techniques themselves using our won Cooling pond - the results can be taken back to school and uploaded onto the RSC web pages as part of the Global Monitoring Project. This is included in the entry charge and subject to availability. This can be combined with other activities so why not make a day of it - a real chance to make a difference.

We can also show pupils how to perform a water audit at school, how to cut back on water use and even perhaps help reduce the school’s water bill! Our Education Officer is often available to follow up this visit and come into school and talk to the pupils about sustainability (subject to availability and distance). Let us visit and make your pupils ‘water wise’ leaving them with a certificate to celebrate their contribution to the global environment and climate change.

To find out more and to discuss your requirements please telephone: 0115 9638153    or email

Annual Lecture Series

The First Annual Papplewick Pumping Station Annual Lecture, held on 3 November 2010, was hosted by the University of Nottingham and Adam Hart-Davis presented a lively lecture entitled ‘Wet behind the Engineers’.

A digital recording of this lecture in mp3 format (56 Kb) is available to download here:

Further information on the lecture viewable here:

Papplewick Annual Lecture no: 1 - Adam Hart-Davis - click for image gallery

Papplewick Annual Lecture no: 1

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