Bewdley Museum is set in the delightful Georgian town of Bewdley this unique museum offers something for the whole family.
During most weekends, bank holidays and the main holiday periods voluntary stewards provide Air Raid Shelter Tours, brass rubbing and family activities with a historical theme.
Admission is FREE!
- Entrance, Tourist information and Shop - Entrance to Bewdley Museum is through the Tourist Information Centre on Load Street.
- Workshops - Bewdley Museum is home to a number of resident craftspeople who specialise in a wide variety of crafts.
- Cafe - Take time out to sample some of the Shambles Cafe's homemade cakes and light meals. With a large outdoor and covered seating area it's the perfect place for a quick recharge or a leisurely lunch. Find out more about what the Shambles Cafe has on offer...
- Herb Garden and pond - Relax in the walled Herb Garden which features many medicinal, culinary and fragrant herbs as well as a working watermill and bee garden. The Herb Garden leads through to the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Gardens which provide an area for quiet contemplation and features a recently restored orchard. Herb Garden Gallery.Explore the 250 year old Brass Foundry, hear stories from the people who worked there and take a peak at what the office would have looked like.
- Brass Foundary - Christopher Bancks came to Bewdley in 1697. He was one of the country’s most famous brassfounders and pewterers. The brass foundry was owned by several generations of his family until 1828. It continued to trade under a succession of owners until 1923, when it was purchased by H J Exley whose family ran the foundry until it finally closed in 1964.
- Wyre Forest Gallery - One of our two galleries, home to a variety of exhibits throughout the year. For details of upcoming exhibits in the galleries.
- Sawyard Gallery - This gallery houses a range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. For details of upcoming exhibits in the galleries.
- The Town Jails - The Town Jails were built in 1802. Out of intended use for over 130 years they now house some old police equipment, and stories of crimes and punishment in the 19th Century. Do you dare to enter?
- Air Raid Shelter - Go underground in the World War II air raid shelter. Guided tours help to recreate the 1940s experience. During the second world war, Bewdley’s Post Office was housed in the large black and white building next door to the Museum. Its Air Raid Shelter was built in 1940 by the Ministry of Defence, for the use of the staff employed in, and by, the Post Office.The air raid shelter is open subject to the availability of our volunteers. To avoid any disappointment, please ring the museum prior to your visit to check that the shelter will be open.
- Ropewalk - See how traditional crafts such as rope making, charcoal burning, spale basket making, tree felling, coracle making and clay pipe making featured in the history of the area. Examples and exhibitions of some of the crafts are featured around the museum, you can even try your hand at some!
- The Bewdley Story - Explore the towns fascinating history and find out about the people who lived there. Discover the vibrant past of this historic trading post that was home to a Royal Palace and the birthplace of a Prime Minister.
- Entrance from/ Exit to Jubilee Gardens - Explore the beautiful, award winning Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Gardens which features the Green Theatre, recently restored orchard, fish pond, numerous sculptures and garden games.
- Brass Rubbing and Clay Pipe Making - Your chance to experience clay pipe making and brass rubbing. Please note activities are subject to the availability of our volunteers.
- Police and Fire Brigade Exhibition - The Shambles was once home to Bewdley’s Police and Fire services. The town’s original 18th century fire engines can been seen along with displays and interactives. You can even try on a fireman’s uniform.
- Geology Exhibition - Geology displays show how the landscape around the Wyre Forest was formed.You can also find information about the Abberley and Malvern Hill Geopark and see samples of rocks and fossils from around the Geopark. For further information visit http://geopark.org.uk/pub/