Pumphouse Educational Museum

The Pumphouse Educational Museum is a unique venue on the Rotherhithe peninsula. It houses the Rotherhithe Heritage Museum and a variety of historical exhibitions and in addition offers further educational opportunities in the environmental study centre using the Lavender Pond and Nature Park, an oasis of peaceful relaxation in an urban environment.

The Pumphouse Educational Museum incorporates The Rotherhithe Heritage Museum and the Lavender Pond & Nature Park, and is a unique resource in the Surrey Commercial Docks area of Rotherhithe. The Pumphouse was built in 1929 to regulate the water level in the Dock System. When the Surrey Docks closed in 1970, 350 acres became derelict and 270 years of tradition came to an end. The building was refurbished in 1989 and the Heritage Museum opened in 1991. 

The Pumphouse is a visually exciting, stimulating and unique educational venue for all ages and abilities awarded a Southwark Civic Award for its work, in 2002 and 2003. Frequently oversubscribed by schools, visitors both local and global, it provides an insight into the past, exhibits intriguing displays of everyday artefacts from homes of the twentieth century and houses the Rotherhithe Heritage Museum, artefacts from the foreshore of the River Thames dating from Roman times to the present day.

A distinctive venue housed in the pumping station of the Surrey Commercial Docks and adjacent to the riverside, the museum encourages older visitors to reminisce and share memories of a bygone age. It fosters enthusiasm in children to learn through exploration and allows casual visitors to recall features and memories of their childhood homes. An authentic jukebox plays a taste of the wide variety of musical records from the 1950's whilst the 6' replica of Queen Elizabeth II wedding cake is truly awesome. Local older people remember Peek Freans, the company that made the cake, and delicious biscuits, now a lost industry of Bermondsey. 

Housed on the ground floor, is the Rotherhithe Heritage Museum,
a collection of artefacts dated from Roman times to the present day.
The story of Rotherhithe and its people as told by a unique collection of objects found on the Thames foreshore. A fascinating glimpse in to the ordinary daily life of one of the oldest villages in London. The collection is the result of over 14 years mudlarking on the river shore by a local man, Mr Ron Goode. The museum is in the Lavender Pond Pumphouse which originally housed dock machinery and is surrounded by a tranquil Nature Park and pond.

The Peek Frean biscuit factory provided Bermondsey and Rotherhithe with a major source of employment until it closed down in 1989. Various Peek Freans artefacts are on display at the Museum.

Pumphouse Educational Museum

Lavender Road, Rotherhithe
London Greater London United Kingdom SE16 5DZ

Opening hours:

Monday-Friday 10:00-16:00
No school groups on Fridays