Step into our industrial and social history
From a time when
Steam was king
Learning at Crofton
Whether you are a school, college or simply a steam enthusiast we can provide learning opportunities to suit your requirements. From School Tours, Talks and Tours to the general public, Steaming Events and our Personal Steam Experience, we have plenty for you to choose from.
Explore Crofton’s Engines
A team of dedicated volunteers and staff looks after the whole site. They do that to preserve this amazing landmark from the past in order that you, and future generations, can see how our great, pioneering engineers tackled early developments in motive power and pumping technology. When you visit, you will see why Crofton is regarded as such a gem in the heritage of UK engineering.
Crofton is powered by volunteers! Come and join our friendly team at Crofton Beam Engines, and help to show our wonderful engines and beautiful site to our visitors. We have a wide range of volunteer roles, so there is a task waiting for you whatever your background. Roles include Front of house and tour guides, Engineering, Ground work, Building Maintenance, and Visitor Services.
As part of the project to tell ‘Our Crofton Story’ supported by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, new interpretation has been installed in the grounds and buildings to tell the story of Crofton Beam Engines and explain why the pumping station was built and who it worked.
Have you been involved in some way with Crofton Beam Engines in the past? Do you know somebody who has? Are you involved with the Kennet & Avon Canal now, or know somebody who is? Maybe living on the canal or working on the canal? Maybe you have a hobby on, or using, the canal?…
Would you like to work on the oldest steam engine in the world still working and doing the job it was built for, in the place it was built for? If so, read on! Crofton Beam Engines (www.croftonbeamengines.org) is a volunteer-led heritage icon in the Wiltshire countryside giving 20,000 visitors per year a unique insight…