Bridgwater Museum
Blake House
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Robert Blake Who was Blake PDF The Battle of Sedgemoor 1685 WWI Records Indices of cuttings from the Bridgwater Mercury 1914 - 1918 Bridgwater Castle Franciscan Friary The Bridgwater Motor car
Opening Times 10.00am - 4.00pm Tuesday - Saturday Last admission 3.00pm Admission is FREE - please consider making a donation From Tuesday 29th March - Friday 4th November 2016 We are closed on Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays We reserve the right to close the museum or any part thereof without prior notice
Blake Museum is a 16th century house located in the heart of Bridgwater, a historic market town and port, first mentioned as Brugie in the Domesday Book of 1086.  The Museum was first opened to the public in 1926 and it is said that Robert Blake, the town's most famous citizen, was born in the house in 1598. Blake Museum is the local museum for archaeology and history of Bridgwater. With the collections covering Bridgwater and the surrounding areas, we have fascinating displays waiting for you to discover. You are welcome to bring your own food and enjoy a picnic in the museum garden or take a stroll in the ajoining Blake Gardens
The Alfred Jewel (replica) The Siege of Bridgwater
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Bridgwater’s Heritage
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1) Recruitment There is a detailed account of recruitment, beginning with volunteers and then conscription from March 1916   2) The Easter Rising, April 1916 This is explained as background to the time.  3) The Battle of Jutland, 31 May – 1 June 1916 Numbers of Bridgwater men died in the famous naval battle.  4) Verdun The actions of the French at Verdun are wellcovered.   5) Death of Lord Kitchener, 5 June 1916. He was drowned at sea on the way to Russia.  6) Seige of Kut Al Amara, in Mesopotamia. This was between 7 December 1915 and 29 April 1916. Numbers of Bridgwater men fought and died there.  7) The Somme. The great battle of the Somme between July and November 1916 is very well covered. Numbers of Bridgwater men fought and died there.  8) The introduction of the Tank in Warfare There is a display about the introduction of the Tank into warfare.  9) The Cinema and the Great War We are hosting a travelling exhibition on the cinema and World War One from the University of Kent, and featuring Bridgwater’s Bijou cinema, founded 1912.
Continuing our commemoration of WW1. The next exhibition covers 1916 in some detail
From Tues 2nd August to Sat 3rd Sept 2016