People of all ages are welcome to join the EARM as members!
We are a registered charity (No. 1001579). The museum is operated by volunteers and members who are passionate about being part of a thriving community. Please enquire for more details.
Members can get involved in the following ways:
The EARM is keen for social and industrial history enthusiasts to become involved in leading guided tours, talks and educational events. If you can contribute to the understanding of our heritage site we would like to hear from you!
You can join our training scheme and learn how to operate the trains on the Museum's Railway. You can get involved by becoming a crossing keeper, guard, fireman, train driver or signalman. No previous experience necessary!
On weekends throughout the year volunteers meet to take on various tasks which need doing around the site. There is always a job to do, from painting to cleaning, to restoration of our rolling stock and site buildings.
We also have a group who meet on a Wednesday. Some of their recent projects include the new doors on the Goods Shed, the new Level Crossing Gates and the panelling for the GWR 'Toad' Brake Van.
We have a wide range of stock which is under restoration, from Steam Engines to Carriages, Guards Vans or the smaller items like Luggage Trolleys and station equipment.
No technical or engineering experience is required as you will be able to pick up the necessary skills as you work alongside our existing members.
- Adult: £20 - (18 to 60)
- Senior: £15 - (60 and Over)
- Junior: £9 - (Up to 12)
- Student: £9 - (12-18)
- Adult Associate: £10 - (Adult Living at address as main Adult Member)
- Family: £34 - (Two Adults and all Children at same address under 18 years old)
- Life: £300
- Life + Associate: £450
Membership is valid for 1 year from joining (excluding Life Members).
Donations are an important part of our income, and for larger sums, these can be made tax efficient. Please ask at the Museum's Visitor Reception for further details of how you can help support us.
- Copy of the museum's regular journal (Stour Valley Steam)
- Eligibility to join the museum's training programs for operating duties
- Free admission to the museum on non-operational days
- Reduced admission on some event days
- 25% discount off Bachmann Model Railway items purchased in the museum shop
Any member who is coming on site to work, either operational or non-operational is admitted free on all days. Membership of the museum is requirement for taking part in voluntary work on-site.
How to Join
You can become a member by downloading a membership form below. Once filled in, please post it to the museum. If you wish to pay your subscription by Direct Debit please complete a Direct Debit Mandate form, downloadable below.
By becoming a member of the Museum, you agree to abide by the Museum Constitution (a revised document will be available after March 2013).