Middleport in Motion: the Steam Engine

Funded on Spacehive 28 September 2015

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Middleport in Motion: the Steam Engine

The Prince's Regeneration Trust By The Prince's Regeneration Trust

Help bring the William Boulton Steam Engine at Middleport Pottery back to life!

Stoke-on-Trent Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 28 Sep 2015!

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:

  • Install heritage interpretation materials to bring the history of the Engine to life
  • Train 8 volunteers and 6 students in professional conservation techniques
  • Provide an exciting programme of conservation talks, school visits and community events
  • Restore the Steam Engine to full steam functionality and showcase it as part of the current visitor experience

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:

  • Recruit 8 volunteers to help a professional conservator restore the Steam Engine
  • Through the Middleport Visitor Services Centre, provide a schedule of events to publicise the restored Steam Engine
  • Work with Staffs Uni and Stoke College to provide 6 student placements in historic engine conservation

If you are a UK tax payer, we will be able to claim Gift Aid on your donation. For every £1 donated, we can claim 25p from the UK Government. If your donation is over £20, we will need you to give your written consent to us claiming Gift Aid by emailing us at jeri.smith-cronin@princes-regeneration.org.

Location Stoke-on-Trent

About the space

Disused part of a historic heritage site


Not needed as no external changes are involved.

How will the money be spent?Total £166,808

Boiler and Boiler House Restoration (est.) - £65,000 (39%)
Steam Engine Restoration (est.) - £28,000 (17%)
Steam Engine Engineering (est.) - £23,000 (14%)
Surrounding building restoration work (including visitor access) (est.) - £17,500 (10%)
Grant funding costs - £12,266 (7%)
Heritage Interpretation work to improve visitor information (est.) - £10,000 (6%)
Project Management (including marketing work) (est.) - £5,000 (3%)
Education and training of volunteer conservators and tour guides (est.) - £5,000 (3%)
Other - £1,042 (1%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Boiler and Boiler House Restoration (est.)
Steam Engine Restoration (est.)
Steam Engine Engineering (est.)
Surrounding building restoration work (including visitor access) (est.)
Grant funding costs
Heritage Interpretation work to improve visitor information (est.)
Project Management (including marketing work) (est.)
Education and training of volunteer conservators and tour guides (est.)
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £166,808

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