Brief Introduction to Bursledon Brickworks
Bursledon Brickworks was built in 1897 where workers were still making bricks the Victorian way until it's closure in 1974 due to the owners never updating the factory.
Half of the site was sold off to form the location of the air traffic control centre and Swanwick Nature Reserve. The other half of the brickworks factory was left to ruin.
In the early 1990’s the site was sold to Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust for the sum of £1.00. The owners handed the brickworks over with £700,000 because the Grade 2 listed site had been left to get into such a bad state. This money was spent on restorations in the machine house, brick making machinery, steam engine and building a visitors cafe and toilet block.
The brickworks is of high significance as it is probably the only steam driven brickworks left in Europe.
The brickworks was used as a centre for conservation where you could learn about all kinds of heritage crafts for several years until 2007 when the decision was taken to turn the buildings into an industrial museum.
A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £666,000 was granted in 2012 to help create a fully functioning museum. Around half has been spent on continued restorations and disabled access.
The museum is privately run, mainly by volunteers, who carry out most of the restoration work and help to man the site when open. The museum relies on visitors for it's income.
It's somewhere different to take the kids (and our dog). My family occasionally visit when they have one of their many events on but there is always plenty of activities for children.