THE last surviving steam powered brickworks in Britain has launched its new-look museum.

Bursledon Brickworks has been refurbished in a £666,300 makeover thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

New features include a self-guided tour, where you can follow the route of a lump of clay to becoming a brick.

Films will show the machinery working, with ex-employees talking about their experiences.

Bricks of all kinds, from small plastic play ones to Roman tiles, will be on show and available to hold.

It will also include an education room, new displays, interactive learning for visitors and an exhibition gallery. Disabled access has also been improved.

Speaking at the launch, project manager Caroline Haynes, said: "Peolple have been telling us it's just amazing."

The museum will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 11am-4pm.

The brickworks was closed as a fully functioning brickworks in 1974, but was turned into a museum in 2907.