Steam Engines are what made this country great. A proud testament to the industrial revolution, Middleport Pottery in Burslem was saved in 2011 by the Prince's Regeneration Trust in a £9 million regeneration project. The William Boulton Steam Engine is the last example of a Burslem built engine in its original setting, making it of national importance to industrial heritage. It was designed specifically for Middleport in 1888 and powered the whole factory up to the mid-20th century. We want to restore this engine to demonstrate how it was once central to the entire manufacturing process at Middleport, from clay to cup. In the process, we will provide volunteering and educational opportunities for Burslem for years to come. Let's get Middleport moving!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The regeneration of Middleport Pottery has provided enormous economic and cultural opportunities for the local community:
• 50 jobs saved
• 66 jobs created
• 6 work placements provided
• 45 new volunteer positions created
• 5 local businesses have moved onsite
• Over 20,000 visitors to the Pottery in the last year
• 1 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
The Steam Engine project will build upon this success, improving skills and increasing training opportunities in the local area by recruiting further volunteers and providing educational placements for local engineering students. Alongside heritage interpretation materials, these opportunities will help to cement local appreciation and understanding of this truly unique piece of industrial heritage. As the only surviving Burslem-built engine in its original setting, the William Boulton Steam Engine is of huge national importance.
Steps to get it done:
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About the space
Disused part of a historic heritage site
Not needed as no external changes are involved.