Children get free entry to Steam Museum

Lottery heritage grant for Thomas Layton collection

Kew Bridge Steam Museum is not fooling around this
April 1

It might seem like an April Fools, but Kew Bridge
Steam Museum's announcement that children can get free entry to the museum from Friday April 1, 2005, is no joke. The museum believes that all children should have access to the wonderful learning opportunities it presents and is offering free entry to all children.

The first free event children can get fired up at is
the sixth Stirling Hot Air Engine Rally on Sunday April 3. The rally will bring together probably the most diverse collection of Stirling and Hot Air engines ever assembled
under one roof.

Lesley Bossine, Director of the Museum said: " We are delighted to announce that children can now enjoy our collection and exhibitions for free. All we ask is that they are accompanied by an adult. We hope this opportunity is
embraced by families looking for a fun and informative day out."

Visitors will be able to see over 80 working engines taking part in the rally and will also get the chance to meet the experts and find out more about these fascinating engines. There will be model and full size engines, some coal fired and others solar powered, on show in the museum's Steam Hall, Mezzanine floor and around the Water for Life Gallery. The engine competition will feature Stirling engined model buggys racing round a track circuit. A special class has been added to the competition to allow children to enter engines powered by fizzy pop bottles. Schools or parents wishing to enter the childrens' competition should contact the museum
for guidelines.

How to find the steam museum:
In Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex about 100 yards from the north side of Kew Bridge under the tall Victorian tower. Nearest motorway M4 (turn off at junction 2 signposted to Kew Gardens and north/south circular roads), down to Chiswick
roundabout, then pick up signs for Kew, Brentford and Hounslow. Turn right to Brentford
at traffic lights before Kew Bridge. Click here for a map.

Admission: Weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays (engines in steam).Adults.£6 Concessions:
£5 Children (5-15 years) Free
Children under the age of 13 years must be accompanied by an adult

How to reach the Museum by public transport: Buses: 65, 237, 267, 391. Main Line Trains: Kew
Bridge (South West Trains from Waterloo via Clapham Junction). Gunnersbury (North London
Line) then 237 or 267 bus. London Underground: Gunnersbury (District Line) then 237 or 267
bus). South Ealing (Piccadilly Line) the 65 bus.

Further Information: Telephone the museum: 020 8568 4757 Fax: 020 8569 9978 or visit

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