Project information

Opening Doors for All

We aim to improve disabled accessibility to our museum and to our events area, We attract disabled visitors of all ages and issues and want them and their carers to enjoy the museum visit more through smoother surfaces and easier access. Automatic doors

4 - 6 months depending on permissions

Charity information: Museum Of Power

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  • Need


    MoP wishes to become a valued community hub for Essex and for East London. Based in a redundant water pumping station for almost 20 years and set within beautiful grounds of 7.5 acres, it aims to attract all ages, irrespective of abilities, to visit its heritage engineering collection, arts related events and educational opportunities.
    We wish to ensure that for visitors of all types and, where disabled, their carers, the experience is smooth, supportive, straightforward, non-stressful and fun


    It will:
    Provide automatic doors at the main entrances so that visitors do not require assistance to enter the building
    Allow the easing of steep inclines from the car park to the building so that less effort is required by all visitors
    Permit the construction of hard pathway around our grass events field so that all can be included in the excitement and learning elements of our events
    Provide a simple and friendly welcome desk so that all can be in charge of their own entrance process

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The provision of automatic opening doors at main museum entrances


    » Construct a covered entrance where visitors and carers are able to prepare for the upcoming visit. Included will be secure storage for personal items
    » Install automatic opening doors so that entrance can be easily achieved by all disadvantaged visitors with limited intervention from carers or staff

    During the entrance and exit process, we will survey entrants briefly either verbally or by friendly data collection unit as to their thoughts on their ease of access/egress.

    Aim 2

    Create reduced inclines on the route from the main car park to the entrance


    » Lay a lengthier sinuous pathway which will enable a much easier gradient. This will be landscaped to provide visual & olfactory experiences en route

    At the entrance, we will survey entrants briefly either verbally or by friendly data collection unit as to their thoughts on their arrival. This will include the incline route

    Aim 3

    Lay a hard pathway around the grass field used for the 10-15 events undertaken each year


    » Set out and lay a pathway that will enable disadvantaged visitors to walk around an event and enjoy stalls and exhibitions on both sides

    At each event, we will survey a sample on the field and obtain a picture of experiences across the customer spectrum of how they view the logistics of the museum.

    Aim 4

    Create a friendly entrance station to be easy to use independently by all types of customers


    » Design an entrance station using proven techniques and equipment to support the process of all being welcomed, paying and receiving tickets
    » Construction of the entrance station within the museum which will allow storage of personal belonging & receive information to plan their visit

    After entering, we will survey entrants briefly either verbally or by friendly data collection unit as to their thoughts on their arrival. This will include the entrance station.

  • Impact


    The project will help to increase the number of visitors: particularly those with some form of disability.

    We will look for an annual minimum increase of 5% in disabled visitors - this project will ensure all can have a pleasurable experience of entering/leaving the museum and interacting with event activities.

    For children's groups we will encourage feedback from teachers and group leaders consider it successful to receive positive commentary on their experience.


    The primary risk is that we are not allowed to carry out the changes due to the building being a scheduled ancient monument. We believe we have local council support and our relationship with Historic England is positive. We have reviewed design opportunities that we believe will minis these risks.
    The cost is also a risk but, if we are successful through the Christmas Challenge, we believe we can support excess costs from our reserves.


    All donors will receive a monthly mail outlining what is happening with details of present progress and upcoming activities. Changes to the project plan will also be advised.

    The MoP website and social media will also be used to give more general progress reports to the wider audience.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,000 Entrance Providing 3 automatic doors
      £1,000 Entrance Landscaping inclines from car park
      £3,000 Entrance Construction of friendly entrance station
      £4,000 Event Field Hard pathways for events field
  • Background


    MOP is a 20 years old charitable organisation celebrating Engineering through history. Its HQ is at Langford Steam Pumping Station near Maldon: the site, owned by Northumbrian Water Group, covers 7.5 acres and offers a power related collection, industrial buildings, miniature steam railway and gardens.
    Its primary themes are:
    power and its relation to society
    learning about power and water
    diverse events
    having an enjoyable visit

    Now commercially stable, it is looking to be a community hub.


    Local and regional schoolchildren will benefit through learning in an unusual, fun, practical and innovative environment.

    Other groups of all kinds and ages (e.g. U3A) will also be attracted to a site that it is easy to enjoy

    Disabled groups are welcome and will profit from the steps in this project to enable simple access for themselves and their carers

    The local population will be advantaged in having good space to undertake their pastimes, interests and artistic talents

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    MoP has developed a wide network within Essex & East Anglia whereby schools, colleges and universities are aware of the learning opportunities.

    Over the years links with organisations and groups involved with disadvantaged and disabled people have enabled them to come to the museum. They have been extremely pleased with the positive, fun and constructive activities that they were able to get involved with.

    This project will add another facet to the experience of enjoyment at the Museum

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dick Waylen

    Project Manager

    Debbie Thomas

    Business Development Manager

    Board Of Trustees

    Strategic and Operational Leaders committed to ensuring the Museum is sustainable and offers the best possible facilities to its visitors