Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum
20 million bricks a year! That is what the Brickworks at Bursledon were able to produce once they were up to full production. One of the first brick factories in the county they set out to flood the local area with bricks and succeeded, BBC bricks were used to build large areas of our two big ports – Southampton and Portsmouth.
The museum gives visitors a vivid impression of what life was like in a Victorian factory (1897). Set in the original buildings it tells the story of how a lump of clay became a brick. Much of the site still looks as it did the day the men stopped work (1974). Visitors follow a route through the buildings as if they were a lump of clay being turned into a brick. They see the huge steam driven machinery, the drying sheds and the kiln. Other displays include family and working life of the brickmakers, chimney pots and clay related building materials and lots of bricks.
The museum's mission is to become The Museum of Bricks and Brickmaking.