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Allerford Museum

The West Somerset Museum of Rural Life, The Old School, Allerford, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8HN

Get an insight into the lives of local tradesmen, farmers and grandparents over the centuries in this informal and relaxed museum, housed in an old school built in 1821. Walk around themed areas where artefacts from the early 1800s to the late 1950s are on display, which show a broad range of rural social history.

See a wide variety of objects from clay pipes to large ploughs, mostly from the Exmoor area. Walk around the main hall where cooking, laundry, tools and general household items are on display.

You can also visit a Victorian schoolroom with original desks and benches together with slates, text books, toys and examples of schoolwork completed by pupils during the nineteenth century. Children can even dress up in Victorian clothing and write and draw on slates with slate pencils, giving them a real insight into how children learnt years ago.

The Archive Room is definitely worth a visit as it has around 60 photograph albums covering events, people and places from the 1880s up to the 1960s. You will also be able to see local newspaper cuttings and advertisements from that period. Temporary exhibitions are also on display in this room.

Behind the old school are several outbuildings in which tools and artefacts from rural trades are displayed. A shoemaker’s shop is next to a dairy and a blacksmith’s.

Facilities: Public Car Park & Toilets opposite the Museum.
Small shop for souvenirs.
Outdoor picnic area and garden.

Opening Times: April to the end of October each year.
Weekdays – 10.30am – 4.00pm – Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
Sundays & Bank Holidays – 1.30pm – 4.30pm
(May be open on other occasions)

Costs:
Adults £2.00
Children 50p