The Brickworks Museum
at Bursledon

The only steam driven brickworks in the UK

  • Welcome to the Brickworks
  • Regular Steam Ups
  • Lots to do in all weathers
  • Working Machinery
  • Great for School Visits
  • Need a venue or film location?
  • " was so interesting"
  • "We loved the old arcade machines"

What's On

Next Steam Up
Sun 29th Mar 2020: Spring Craft Fair and Car Rally

Next General Event
Sun 29th Mar 2020: Spring Craft Fair and Car Rally

The museum is now closed for the winter. It is simply too cold! We open again on the 29th March with our Spring Craft Market. 



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News and Projects

Winter Closing
Published:29th Nov 2019 by Carolyne Haynes

Thanks to all of you who have made this such a special year. We have seen a 10% rise in visitor numbers which is fantastic. Our lovely volunteer team is steadily growing and is now in the mid-70s and we have lots of winter projects to keep everyone busy (and warm).

This winter we are working on our ever growing brick display upstairs, clearing out more of the kiln chambers, researching the history of the Brickworks and WW1, moving our two excavators nearer to the main courtyard, carrying out essential maintenance on the steam engines - something for everyone!

Our last event of 2019 was on the 24th November and we had over 1,000 visitors. A great way to end the year. Even better, we had some great feedback including this one:

"I went for the Christmas Fayre and steam engines, which was all great. But even without those festive activities, the museum was well worth seeing. The displays were very well laid out, with plenty of info available from panels or from the well - informed volunteers. I surprised to find this old site so accessible for wheelchairs, children's buggies etc. Ramps where needed, lift to upper floor, wide walkways. Also, Makaton symbols in use around site. Many tactile exhibits, site profiled plan with Braille descriptions. Just brilliant! "



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We are fundraising !

The New Foundations Project

We have been given grants by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund to help us on the first steps of this exciting project.

We aim to create a new Community Business Hub in two of our old drying sheds. These are currently derelict and at risk. As Grade II* listed buildings it is vital we do something soon.

The business model will provide small office spaces within an amazing space. Easy to rent there will be lots of flexibility ranging from one desk space in a co-working area to individual offices.

The income from the rent will keep the only complete Victorian brickworks left in the UK fit for the future.

We have got the necessary planning permissions and listed building consent and are starting the next phase of the works. It is a very big project for us and the amount we will need to be raising to pay for it is daunting.

If you are able to support us we have a donate button below. Any sum, no matter how small, would be really useful. 

Join us on the Journey!




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