Exhibitions

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

Currently the only event published for the 2017 season is the temporary exhibition, from opening day to the end of May “The Inns of Axbridge”.

The horseshoe exhibition will be updated and expanded.

There will be additional temporary exhibitions throughout the season details to be released in the coming months.

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.

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