Tees Cottage Pumping Station School Visits

Tees Cottage Pumping Station School Visits

Tees Cottage Pumping Station School Visits

Tees Cottage Pumping Station opened in 1849 to supply ‘clean’ drinking water to the population of Darlington. Further extensions enabled water, extracted from the River Tees, to be cleaned and pumped, from Darlington, to supply the industrial and domestic needs of Teesside.


The technology for providing this supply was initially provided by Beam Engines, then by Gas Engines and eventually by Electric Pumps.

Although the site no longer pumps water to customers, the 1904 Beam Engine, driven by steam generated in the Lancashire Boilers, and the 1914 Gas Engine, now using natural gas a s a fuel, are both in working order.

Students visiting the site will be able to see for themselves how technology developed in post Victorian Britain and how these great machines were designed, constructed and operated without the availability of computers, software and sophisticated machine tools required for the technology of the 21st Century.

A visit to the site will enable students to discuss the technology with experts and hopefully gain an appreciation of how technological advancements have enabled us to achieve the engineering standards we have today.

Particular interests may be in the fields of:

  • materials of construction – cast iron, brass, bronze, leather, glass, brick, wood, etc
  • energy sources – coal, anthracite, coke, petrol, gas, electricity, steam
  • manufacturing – the operating Smithy, workshops
  • technology – Beam Engine, Boilers, Gas Engine, Pumps, Engines
  • chemistry – Gas Production
  • processes – water filtration.

TCPS would be very happy to discuss specific curricula requirements with educational establishments and develop appropriate topics for student visits.





Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity which gets young people enthusiastic about science and engineering by challenging them to design, build and race an electric car.  This is such an amazing experience for all students, teachers and STEM ambassadors.


The Greenpower challenge –  is adapted to suit three age appropriate categories:

IET Formula Goblin (ages 9 – 11)

IET Formula 24 (ages 11 – 16)

IET Formula 24+ (ages 16 – 25)

They supply age appropriate Kit Cars, which can be built in school, college or elsewhere and raced at motorsport venues around the country. Alternatively, older participants can design and build their own car to our regulations. The Greenpower challenge harnesses the excitement of motorsport to inspire more than 10,000 participants a year to excel in STEM.

Greenpower is the only STEM enrichment provider to run the same basic concept across such a wide age group, allowing for excellent progression throughout.

If you are a would like to know more about this programme please click on the link below

On the day notes: Any questions, please email the STEM hubstem@rtcnorth.co.uk