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The Pump House
Left bank, Bridge Street, Manchester, UK
associated engineer
Not known
date  1907
era  Modern  |  category  Building  |  reference  SJ831983
Now the People's History Museum, the Pump House once supplied hydraulic power for Mancunian civic and industrial uses, such as winding the Town Hall clock, cotton bailing and raising the curtain at the Opera House.
The building is constructed of brick and stone and has an ornate exterior. When it opened, it had six pumping engines, four Lancashire boilers and two accumulators. The works were electrified in around 1925, and the Pump House closed in 1972 when hydraulic power fell out of use.
The People’s History Museum opened in the building in 1994. It tells the story of the British working class. The museum also had a site on Princess Street, and to combine the two venues, the Pump House has been extensively refurbished. A new four storey extension is now joined to the old building by a glass walkway. Work began in November 2007 and the museum re-opened on 13th February 2010.
Research: PD
bibliography
"A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Greater Manchester"
by Robina McNeil and Michael Nevell
Association for Industrial Archaeology, 2000
"The Pump House: Peoples History Musuem", Museum Galleries Guide
www.culture24.org.uk
www.phm.org.uk
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The Pump House