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“A fascinating museum that more than "Engines"”

Anson Engine Museum
Ranked #36 of 365 things to do in Cheshire
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: It used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire's many attractions but over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognized as one of the country's leading specialist museums. Situated in Higher Poynton, the museum is on the site of the old Anson Colliery. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum. However, it is increasingly becoming a "must visit" attraction for non-enthusiasts too and won the "Visitors Choice" award (voted for by the public) when they were asked "where would you take a visitor to the Macclesfield area"? As well as the largest collection of engines in Europe, the museum also has changing displays of local history items such as photographs, maps, mementos and keepsakes from the Vernon Estate and Anson Colliery. Open one weekend a month in 2015.
Reviewed 26 August 2012

Whilst this Museum is often refered to as "well hidden" , and whilst it is down some pretty Cheshire lanes, the Sat Nav seemed happy with its post code and took me straight to the gates. If you don't have a Sat Nav its well signed from the center of Poynton.

I visited on a bank holiday weekend so there were extra exhibits in the car park giving a good impression. The staff are very friendly and helpfull with free "Guide Sheet" to help you navigate round the exhibits. On the day I visited the large Stott steam engine was running, but this isn't run often so if you especially want to see it check the web site.

As well as the Stott which was run for short periods there was a host of other engines operating including Gas and Oil engines, and a large Gardner Diesel.

If you are not into Engines there is a craft area where there was a demonstration of Blacksmithing, and a large model of the area as it was arounf 1900. There are also a number of video displas around the museum , some about the social history of the engine manfactureres plants.

All in all a fascinating visit.

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Reviewed 25 June 2012

Its not often you have a 'perfect' day but when I visited the 1000 engine rally and then went to the museum late afternoon and evening, this was as perfect as it gets. The museum is a mecca for old fashioned internal combustion engines powered by oil, gas & diesel. It was a very relaxed atmosphere, nothing was too much trouble. All the volunteers & staff were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. My visit lasted 4 hours and I shall no doubt return, just wished I lived a bit nearer. I would thoroughly recommend this to lovers of engineering. Hope to see you in 2013, Simon Noad

3  Thank RosWiltshire
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

I would really recommend this for everyone, although it seems like a bit of a niche attraction, unless you really really really dislike engines and spend your spare time time throwing darts at pictures of Thomas the Tank, you're going to enjoy a walk around this museum.

It genuinely is a hidden gem, with exhibits from all over the country, but the small scale of the site and friendly nature of the volunteers make it a very personal experience and you will be able to make it what you want. For those with a real passion for all things mechanical you won't be disappointed as the technical knowledge of the volunteers is vast and the displays impressive. For those of you, who like myself, have a more humble aptitude for physics, it is unlikely that you will be bored as the sheer scale of many of the working engines is an exciting sight and the sense of history provides an interesting insight into the working conditions of the past and the development of modern society.

The surrounding area is also worth a look and it is a short drive from the museum to the millenium walk.

2  Thank Sarah W
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

I am not particularly technically minded but you cannot fail to be impressed by this outstanding collection of oil and diesel engines, many in full working order. The owners and their enthusiatic team of dedicated helpers have created a wonderful museum and I happily spent several hours looking and reading about the exhibits and the history of the combustion engine. As a local the scale model of the Poynton area circa 1900 also made for for fascinating viewing. Recommended!

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Reviewed 30 April 2012

Went to the Anson Engine Museum and was completely taken aback by the amount of engines they have there. Whether you like steam, diesel or petrol they have them all, and they work. They are not just for looking at. Some of the engine are linked up to hammers, generators you name it they probably have it somewhere on site. A must see is the model of the estate of Lord Vernon. It is a magnificent piece of model engineering. It replicates how it was many years ago. The tiny houses are exact replicas of the original houses that were there. If you take a overhead camera shot you would think it was taken from a hot air balloon. Outside is a workshop area where they have “bodgers” making outdoor furniture and showing how to turn wood on a foot operated lathe. There is a furnace where they heat up metal and then move it to the 3cwt belt driven hammer. The ground vibrates every time it hits the metal being worked. A real treat to see so many engines that still work and the whole place is a credit to the team.

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