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.

Events in 2015: To be announced. Annual Prize Draw 2014 winners: 1st Mr M. Hobhouse, Chard; 2nd Mr R. Bulcock, Chard; 3rd Mrs J. White, Chard.


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 attractions in Somerset see:

Somerset Routes;

DAY out WITH the KIDS;

Visit Somerset;

Complete Somerset;

Somerset Holiday Cottages;

Discover South Somerset.

The Museum and Heritage Centre is now closed until 30th March 2015. .
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Chard Museum and Heritage Centre is now closed until 30th March 2015. It will then be open from 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. Discount vouchers are available in Chard Tourist Information Centre in the leaflet 'SOMERSET- Things to see & do' 2015 edition.


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 phone the Custodian on 01460 65091 or 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 the chairman via info@chardmuseum.co.uk (see contact us).