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Forncett Steam Museum

Forncett Steam Museum
May 4, 2022 Lisa
In Optimise Heat & Steam

Back in 2019 Optimise donated a ball steam valve to the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum.

The Forncett industrial Museum was founded in 1970 by Dr Rowan Francis.  Along with his small band of volunteers they work with passion throughout the year to restore and operate the engines and maintain the Museum buildings.  It is a small museum with some monster engines and from May to October the public are welcome on the first Sunday of each month to share in the wonders of these engines running under the power of steam!


Support is vital in enabling the Museum to fulfil its mission to share its collection with the world.
The Forncett Industrial Steam Museum relies on funding from a wide range of sources. Optimise gladly donated the valve to the museum. Donating helps ensure the display, care and preservation of the collection for future generations.

On Saturday 30th April Forncett had a ‘Steam Up’ open day to celebrate their engines being back in steam once again and to thank Optimise for their support. Dave, our Steam Consultant and his family went along to represent our company, and basically because Dave eats, sleeps and breathes steam he was desperate to go!

If you are a Steam geek (or not!!) this little museum has so much to offer. Dave, in particular his grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed the open day. They listened with interest to his historical, quirky anecdotes of how each engine was donated or bought, how he managed the mammoth task of returning each of the engines to the museum and the in depth explanations of the workings of the engines.

Optimise are so pleased to be associated with Rowan and all the volunteers at Forncett.

Take a look at the website or better still visit and support the museum