Chard & District Museum/Heritage Centre

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Chard & District Museum/Heritage Centre

Chard & District Museum/Heritage Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Chard Museum exists to help today's community uncover yesterday's heritage, history and hidden stories. It is a small local museum based in Chard Somerset. It opened in 1970 and celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2020. Exhibits in the museum tell the story of the town and the local area including geology, the fire of 1577, the Monmouth Rebellion, local lace, the Lace Riots and the rise and fall of industrial Chard. Outside there is a blacksmith's forge and display of farm machinery. Much of which made by local firm Denings of Chard. There are significant displays on notable people with connections to the town. This includes John Stringfellow, who with another local man William Samuel Henson achieved the first powered flight, in 1848, in a disused lace factory, with a 10-foot (3m), steam-driven flying machine.
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1-2 hours
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E-mailAddict
Crawley, Sussex52 contributions
Unassuming on the outside, great on the inside!
Sep 2021 • Couples
Having walked past Chard Museum when it was closed, we didn't think it would be all that good and decided not to visit it. Luckily (but somewhat randomly) my mum was chatting with someone at home in Sussex who had previously been and recommended it so we changed our minds and added it to our holiday itinerary.

I am so glad we did! There is so much more than meets the eye with information on interesting Chard residents such as James Gillingham and John Stringfellow, some fantastic carnival costumes, dolls houses, cider presses, forge and much more.

The volunteers were very helpful and happy to show us around, and it is also possible to book a formal guided tour via the website.

A great way to spend a couple of hours.
Written September 18, 2021
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DebBell
Oxford, UK16 contributions
Travel back in time
Jul 2021
Lovely museum with lots of interesting features. Nice asset to the town, they do a Christmas tree decorating competition which is well supported by the local community. Nice to see it open again after lockdown
Written July 18, 2021
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Thank you. It is great to have the doors open again.
Written August 5, 2021
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Bernie R
Luton, UK82 contributions
Free entry Local history museum run by volunteers with vast knowledge
Sep 2019
Free entry museum of Local history of industry and local life over the centuries with old farm machinery and lace and embroidery, donations greatly appreciated as run by knowledgeable volunteers.
Written October 2, 2019
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Searlesque
Oakham, UK15 contributions
A treasure trove of memory!
Aug 2019 • Family
We have been visiting Chard for a number of years to see family but had never visited the museum before yesterday.

Run by a very friendly and very knowledgeable band of volunteers the museum is an absolute treasure trove of local memory.

Central to the collection is a large display detailing the achievements of five notable local people all of whom have had an impact nationally and indeed in several cases, internationally.

The rest of the is given over to an extensive and fascinating array of artefacts and mementos recalling past ways of life. Children can follow the trails to find various interesting items and a number of creatures are ‘hiding’ around the museum.

Well worth a couple of hours of your time.

There is a small entrance fee for adults and donations are welcomed.
Written August 9, 2019
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Titman9
Axminster, UK143 contributions
A small frontage with a huge inside
Jul 2019 • Family
A wonderful warm informative welcome. It is huge inside and gives you so much information. Well laid out.
They have lovely interactive sheets for children.
Entrance is £4 And this enables you to return for a year.
Written July 14, 2019
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barry m
Bishops Stortford, UK306 contributions
A gem
May 2019 • Friends
We just popped in as we were staying in the town. It was over two hours later that we finally left. So interesting and beautifully laid out. It is an extensive museum, despite what looks like a narrow entrance. So many things to see and Chard should be proud of its collections which give visitors such an insight into the town. Staffed by the most friendly and helpful volunteers. Worth every penny.
Written June 28, 2019
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PensionerDerby
Derby9 contributions
Amazing little town museum
Jun 2019 • Couples
We were astonished how much they had managed to cram into what appears to be a small place - a bit of a "Tardis" and well worth a visit.
Written June 13, 2019
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DaveM1959
Ivybridge, UK66 contributions
I Love Museums Like This
Apr 2019 • Couples
I love local museums like this. Usually run by a group of dedicated volunteers they tell the history of their town through photographs and a usually very interesting collection of artifacts. Chard Museum is no exception. Many of the exhibits were collected by one of the Chard 'Famous 5' - local man Arthur Hull and these were left to Chard Town Council when he died in 1880. There is quite a lot to see in the various sections and it was well worth the £4 entrance fee. We were able to park for free just across the road from the museum and there are other car parks close by. Staff are volunteers and were knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended.
Written May 12, 2019
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bikerb2_
Chard, UK97 contributions
Eclectic variety of fascinating collections
Dec 2018 • Couples
Marvellous buildings shuffle you from one collection to another, many of local interest. We'll worth a visit, although the nature of the buildings limits disability access. In December, they had their first Christmas Tree Festival weekend: brilliant effort by all involved. Well worth a visit any time of year (check opening times however.)
Written January 16, 2019
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1979Cyprus
Chard, UK170 contributions
A truly amazing experience. Chard is full of history
Jul 2018 • Family
If you haven't visited Go.This museum is a asset to our town. It's full of amazing items with helpful friendly dedicated staff.
Written December 9, 2018
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  • Wed - Fri 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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