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PUBLISHED: 15:52 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:02 25 August 2010

A LOTTERY bonanza is helping to transform a steam museum and preserve memories of Britain s golden industrial age.

A LOTTERY bonanza is helping to transform a steam museum and preserve memories of Britain's golden industrial age.

Engineers at Crossness Engines Industrial Museum, Abbey Wood, will unveil bold plans for the future next Sunday after getting £3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The centre, run by volunteers, has already had its roofs replaced or repaired, the reason for reduced open days.

A spokesman for the centre said: "The giant Victorian pumps at Crossness on the Greenwich-Bexley border literally saved the heart of the Britain's Empire from the Great Stink.

"It is an important industrial heritage site, in south London the only other listed industrial heritage site is Tower Bridge."

The centre's final open day at Thames Water, Belvedere Road, runs 10.30am to 5pm with last admission at 4pm. Tickets are £5, children get in free.

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