Pimlico Plumbers ‘looking for loos’ for charity plumbing museum
Published: 19 May, 2011
LONDON: Pimlico Plumbers, one of the UK’s largest independent plumbing company, is on the search for classic ‘Crappers’ and plumbing icons for its new museum.
As part of a £1 million refurbishment of its depot in Sail Street, Lambeth, the company is creating a small museum, which will feature a selection of bathroom and kitchen equipment and appliances from the past 150 years.
The company, which is renowned for its celebrity client list, is calling on people from across the UK who may have items they can donate, loan or sell, which can be put on display.
These could include Victorian toilets, art-deco basins from the 1930s and early electric washing machines.
Entry to the museum will be free, but there will be a collection box for donations, which will be divided between Pimlico Plumbers’ chosen charities, which include the Rhys Daniels’ Trust.
The Trust provides ‘home from home’ accommodation close to hospitals for parents of seriously ill children.
Among the items already secured for the museum are several Thomas Crapper originals as well as some early example of Victorian plumbing tools.
Charlie Mullins, managing director of Pimlico Plumbers, said: “I’m sure there are loads of classic loos, historic sinks and retro-white goods that could take pride of place in our museum that will celebrate our industry and support our ongoing charity work.
“Plumbing is the world’s second oldest profession and the skills and innovations of the industry have touched everyone’s lives. We want to showcase a range of iconic and quirky exhibits that will demonstrate the ingenuity of engineers and bring back memories for our visitors.”
The donation or loan of items can be made by contacting our own ‘Super’ Mario Rebellato at Pimlico Plumbers on MRebellato@pimlicoplumbers.com with a photo of the item and any description of its history.