The Museum and Heritage Centre

Chard Museum is a registered charity (No. 270186) set up in 1970. It is managed by a group of Trustees who, like all the workers involved with the Museum, are unpaid volunteers.

First registered under the Museums and Galleries Registration Scheme in 1990, it was awarded full Accreditation in April, 2006, one of the first volunteer-run museums in the South West to receive this recognition.

The Museum & Heritage Centre exhibitions have been expanded and improved steadily over the years and contain several collections of national importance including those of John Stringfellow (1799-1883), an early pioneer of powered flight, and James Gillingham (1839-1924) who was an important maker of artificial limbs.

What's On

We are now on Facebook with all the latest news and would love to see you there: http://www.facebook.com/chardmuseum


The museum trustees are keen to meet potential volunteers who wish to help run the museum. The trustees seek to match skills with the museum's needs. Why not contact us if you have a few hours to spare?

For information on accommodation and other attractions in Somerset see:

Somerset Routes;

DAY out WITH the KIDS;

Visit Somerset;

Complete Somerset;

Discover South Somerset.

The Museum and Heritage Centre is now closed until Easter 2017. .

If you buy goods and services on-line you can support the museum by ordering through givingabit.com

If you would like to make a donation or pay for museum ordered goods please use the link CharityCheckout

NOW AVAILABLE! New revised edition 'Chard During the War Years 1939-1945' 9.90 plus postage at cost: see also PUBLICATIONS page.


Chard Museum and Heritage Centre is now closed. Opening hours are 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday and from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Saturdays. Last admission is 30 minutes before advertised closing time. [Contact us for admission out of hours when a minimum charge will apply.] Admission is 4 for adults with free entry for accompanied children.


New Displays

The main new displays feature WW1 memorablilia, Chard roads, railway and canal, archive photographs, model aircraft and heritage models made by John Courtney, Donyatt pottery, Chard Carnival costumes and lots more . The carnival costumes have been used over a period of 35 years on several local circuits on both floats and by walking entries. They have become more impressive and elaborate in that time. The display is by courtesy of Doreen Toms.

Information for Schools

The Museum is always pleased to receive visits from schools and teachers are welcome to make a free visit beforehand to look around the Museum. For details please email: info@chardmuseum.co.uk

The Museum also has Resource Boxes on World War II, The Victorians and the local history of Chard which can be loaned to local schools. For more information please contact Gwyneth Jackson via info@chardmuseum.co.uk (see contact us).