The main exhibitions are displayed in six rooms over two floors with a ground floor temporary exhibition room. There is another
temporary exhibition space on The Gallery. Details of temporary exhibitions can be found on the home page.
The Blake Room
Robert Blake became a national hero in the mid-17th century following his exploits fighting on the side of Parliament during the
English Civil War and later as General-at-Sea in wars against both the Dutch and Spanish. Blake is credited with being the founder
of the modern navy. For more information and a PDF download, see Who Was Blake (PDF reader required)
Audio-Visual on the life of Blake available.
The Bridgwater Room
Geology and remains of the mediaeval Friary and the Hospital of St John feature here. The mediaeval wooden chest where the
Borough documents were once stored is kept here, along with the old Town Gaol bells. Other displays include Police and Fire
Brigade related exhibits. The Castle and Friary remains are now on display in the lower garden area.
The Bygones Room
The Bygones Room has undergone a change and now features a large display of Bridgwater’s industrial past along with some
other unusual exhibits.
The Transport Room
Bridgwater was once the premier port for Somerset with all manner of goods being imported here. The main export was Bridgwater
brick and tiles, examples of which can be found around the world today. With the coming of the railways and the growth in road
transport, the docks and associated industry went into decline. Bridgwater’s rich maritime heritage can be found here. Also
featured are a large number of road transport model vehicles that have been painstakingly reconstructed by one of our volunteers.
The Battle Room
This room tells the story of Bridgwater’s involvement in conflict from the time of King Alfred, the Siege of Bridgwater, the Battle of
Sedgemoor and the two World Wars. Kids (and adults) are able to hold a replica musket of the type used at the Battle of
Sedgemoor. The Battle of Sedgemoor diorama has now been installed here.
The Archaeology Room
The ancient peoples of the Bridgwater area lived near river banks and on the nearby hills. Objects from the Stone Age and the Iron
Age have been found at several sites. A very strong Roman influence was felt later on with ports at Combwich and Crandon
On permanent display are the Greylake Skulls that are over 10,400 years old. In 2011 radiocarbon dating showed that both skulls
were from people who died around 8,400 BC in the Mesolithic period. This is 5,600 years older than Stonehenge.
Also on display is the restored Spaxton Roman mosaic and many more new exhibits.
On the first floor. This has a collection of local books, as well as reference notes about the villages of the neighbourhood and other
topics. The photographic collection is housed here. The Library may be used by appointment only.
Please be aware that this is a Grade 2* listed building and as such there are changes of level with uneven floors.
Unfortunately wheelchair access is limited to the ground floor only.
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