Chard Museumin converted 16th century listed buildings and outbuildings, covering nearly an acre, with collections of exhibits about local history and displays related to the lives of notable local residents. You can also visit the horse powered apply crusher in The Cider Room, plus a collection of domestic items and plumbing equipment, more costumes, gramophones and 1960s costumes in The New Inn. Meanwhile Skittle Alley is a former forge with collections from traditional wheelwrights, blacksmiths and carpenters.
The main new displays variously feature WW1 memorabilia; a history of Chard roads, railways and canals; archive photographs; model aircraft and heritage models; Donyatt pottery; Chard Carnival costumes and lots more besides! The carnival costumes have been used for over 35 years on several local circuits so are genuinely authentic and will be recognisable to to regular attendees of the festival.
The Barn weatherproof display area is filled with a wonderful collection of intriguing agricultural machinery. Other elements of the Museum include a gallery dedicated to John Stringfellow, a pioneer of powered flight and includes several real life early flying machinations. Also there's a great source of local social history involved in the Larcombe Gallery.
The Museum also has Resource Boxes on World War II, The Victorians and the local history of Chard that are available to school and other groups.
The Field and Patios offer more agricultural machines plus a vintage street lamp, telephone kiosk and Victorian letter box. All next to a lovely picnic area!
Open til end of October. Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm
Admission is £4.00 for adults with free entry for accompanied children.
Godworthy House, High Street,
Somerset and Bristol,
Yes, there is parking nearby.
No, there are no toilets available.
No, there are no baby changing facilities.
Chard Museum has not told us if you can bring a picnic.
Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.
No, Chard Museum is not wheelchair friendly.
No, Chard Museum have stated they are not pushchair friendly.
Chard Museum has not told us if they are dog friendly.