The Plumbing Museums and Workshops
The Company actively supports two plumbing museums and workshops at Singleton, Sussex and Ironbridge, Shropshire
The Museum of Plumbing at the Weald and Down Museum, Singleton, West Sussex is where the Plumbers Court Barn can be found. Look at the video of some of the recent activity by clicking here
The workshop was set up by the Company in 1980 in Court Barn at the Singleton Museum as a collection of plumbing tools and an exhibition illustrating the role of the plumber and his skills. The exhibition also aims to tell the public more about water supply and disposal and was re-opened on 27th March, 1994 after a complete updating and now depicts the evolution of the crafts of Plumbers and Masons over the centuries.
It is now managed by the Plumbing Museum and Workshop Trust (A Charitable Company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No. 06253985. Charity No. 1120568)
Lead planters have been made At the workshop and now stand in the gardens at Buckingham Palace and at Sandringham. In commemoration of our 650th anniversary, 64 Anniversary Lead Planters have been made and sold in aid the Company charities. Great thanks are due to Phil Mead and Peter Cheesman, and in fact, all the other people associated with our Lead-craft demonstration facility at Singleton where the planters have been made. This has been a great project. The income from our Anniversary Lead Planters has reached an incredible £9,600. The task has been enormous but somehow Peter Cheesman has still managed to make one more special planter which he presented to the Company at the July Court dinner.
The Plumbers, and Tinsmiths’ Shop at Blist Hill forms part of the Ironbridge Industrial Museum complex. It was largely created by the Institute of Plumbing with their Past President and Liveryman Raymond Hall and with financial support from the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. It is manned by volunteer plumbers who are in period costume. More assistance and items for exhibition would be welcomed.