The small rooms of King John’s Hunting Lodge provide ideal spaces in which to bring together exhibits on a particular theme. Thus one room illustrates what it was like to be a civilian in this part of Somerset during the Second World War. Another gives an impression of life (and death) in the area Workhouse.
One space is used for temporary exhibitions that change during the Opening Season
There will be temporary exhibitions announced throughout the season.
An important collection has been passed down from the Guild of St Mary the Virgin through the Axbridge Corporation and eventually to the Town Trust. Much of this is displayed in the Museum :- the stocks and other things to do with law and order, the Bull Anchor and the Nail, Axbridge’s original fire engine, an early 18th century oil painting of the Hiring Fair in the Market Place and pieces of civic regalia. Although the extensive archive of documents going back to the 14th century is now lodged in Taunton Records Office for its preservation, the Museum maintains a display illustrating the many designs of seals on them and the dies used to make them. Included is the die believed to have belonged to the first vicar of Wedmore.
The Axbridge Archaeology and Local History Society have been integral in the development of the Museum and their interests are reflected in our exhibits. Thus there are displays on local prehistory, the Roman period, Saxon times when Cheddar was the site of a sequence of Royal Palaces, and so through the years up to a doll and christening dresses which belonged to a local family at the beginning of the 20th century. There is a display of finds from the recent excavations at Brent Knoll.
Axbridge & District Museum Trust Aims and Objectives
We seek to collect only material evidence associated with the past, present and future of the people of Axbridge and the surrounding area; to produce well informed displays, exhibitions and educational material. The Museum will acquire items originating from, used in, or with connections with the parishes of Axbridge, Badgworth, Berrow, Brean, Brent Knoll, Burnham Without, Chapel Allerton, Cheddar, Compton Bishop, East Brent, Lympsham, Mark, Shipham, Weare, Wedmore and by agreement with Wells and Mendip Museum, the parish of Rodney Stoke.