Institute for Policy and Engagement

The Papplewick Lecture 2021: Sustainable resources for a 21st century city

Monday 22nd March 2021 (12:30-14:00)
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In partnership with the Papplewick Pumping Station Trust, the Institute brings you a panel discussion with leading experts in the fields of water resources and sustainability.

With the world grappling with climate change on an increasingly critical basis, it is crucial that cities begin and continue to plan their resources to ensure they remain sustainable.

On World Water Day, Chaired by Stephen Meek (Director, Institute for Policy and Engagement), expert guests will discuss water sustainability in relation to the City of Nottingham.

This event is supported by the Water Works Interdisciplinary Research Cluster.


  • Chair: Stephen Meek, Director, Institute for Policy and Engagement
  • Dr Emily O'Donnell, Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Pete Vale, Technical Lead - Innovation, Severn Trent Water
  • Chloe Langley, Principal Officer - Flood Management Strategy and Policy, Nottingham City Council
  • Greg Broughton, Sustainable Growth and Place Manager (East Midlands), Environment Agency

Papplewick Pumping Station

Set in the tranquil Nottinghamshire countryside and regarded as the finest surviving Victorian water pumping station in England, Papplewick Pumping Station is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument and continues today as a museum and hub for water education activities. Built in Gothic Revival style architecture, Papplewick is unique in retaining all of its original features including its six hand fired Lancashire boilers and two James Watt beam engines that once lifted fresh water 200 feet out of the ground for the people of Nottingham. Also at the museum is the only surviving steam powered Robey winding engine formerly of Linby Colliery, a miniature passenger steam railway, a café and a brick vaulted underground reservoir which can be toured on steaming days.


To watch this lecture, please follow this link.

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