Sutton Poyntz education centre

Sutton Poyntz education centre

Dorset

Your visit is also an opportunity to learn about how we are treating and supplying water and protecting local water resources and the environment in the 21st century

Things to do

  • Discover how the Victorians brought safe drinking water to Weymouth
  • Travel back to 1854 to learn about the link between cholera and dirty water
  • Take part in scientific investigations to compare tap, river and rain water

During a visit to Sutton Poyntz museum you can travel back in time to learn about how the Victorians transformed public health with the introduction of a clean water supply and met the increased demand of tourists visiting Weymouth after the arrival of the railway.

Your visit is also an opportunity to learn about how we are treating and supplying water and protecting local water resources and the environment in the 21st century

There is lots to do and learn at Sutton Poyntz, from taking part in a play about Dr John Snow who discovered the link between cholera and dirty water to sampling the local river to identifying macro-inverterbrates or compare river, rain or tap water.

You can walk to the spring source which supplies Weymouth and find out more about the role of humans in the water cycle.

A momento of your visit to Sutton Poyntz could be a selfie wearing one of the many Victo-rian costumes in the museum!

How to book a visit to Sutton Poyntz

A visit to Sutton Poyntz is free to schools.

Please note that tours usually involve walking on steep slopes so please discuss any mobility issues when arranging your visit.

Visits to Sutton Poyntz are suitable for pupils in year four and above. If it’s not possible to arrange a site visit, Tim or one of our education advisers could visit your school. 

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Facilities at Sutton Poyntz

These include: 

  • A museum with displays and artefacts covering 200 years of water history
  • A community room with seating for up to 40 students
  • A natural history display
  • Literature and field study equipment to use during the visit
  • Outdoor work benches
  • Disabled access and toilet (please ask for further details)

How to find Sutton Poyntz

Sutton Poyntz pumping station, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth, Dorset

Sat nav: DT3 6LT

Directions: The museum is situated in the village of Sutton Poyntz, off the A353/A352 from Weymouth to Wareham. In the village, take the right hand fork and continue past the Springhead public house on your right. The museum is straight ahead, approximately 100 metres past the public house. Parking and a coach turning point are available