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Timeline of Somerset Museums
1820-1869 Bridgwater Literary and Scientific Institution had a library and Museum, based on the collection of Robert Anstice FGS. It was located in George Street. The Council purchased the library and museum in 1869. In 1885 a new reading room and library was built in the Town Hall, which was superseded in 1906 by the present Carnegie library in Binford Place (The only one in Somerset). What became of the Museum collections is not known. c1825-1850, William Baker, FGS, established a private natural history Museum in St Mary Street Bridgwater. 1866 Weston super Mare Museum. 1869 Yeovil Literary and Scientific Institutes Museum. 1875 Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society's Museum, Taunton Castle. 1885 Glastonbury Antiquarian Society Museum. Now the Glastonbury Lake Village Museum, the Tribunal, Glastonbury. 1893 Wells and Mendip Museum. 1921 Somerset Light Infantry Museum in the Officer's Mess, Jellalabad Barracks, Taunton. 1924 Blake House purchased by the Bridgwater Borough Council for a Museum. 1920s Glastonbury Abbey Kitchen Museum. 1926 Admiral Blake Museum. 1928 Yeovil Museum. 1951 Shoe Museum at Clarks, Street. See also 1974. 1963 Somerset Light Infantry Museum moved to purpose built museum, Jellalabad Barracks, Taunton. 1964 Fleet Sir Arm Museum, Yeovilton. 1966 Frome Museum. This is in the building that once housed the Yeovil Literary and Scientific Institution (see 1869). 1971 Chard and District Museum. It has its origins in the C19. 1971 Dunster Doll Museum. Later incorporated into the Dunster Museum and Doll Collection (2012). 1971 King John's Hunting Lodge Museum, Axbridge. 1972 Museum of Methodism, Porlock Wier 1974 Somerset Military Museum (incorporating the collections of the SLI and the Somerset Volunteers) at the Somerset County Museum, Taunton. 1974 Shoe Museum enlarged at Clarks, Street. 1974 Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury. 1974 Bridgwater Borough Council abolished, and the Admiral Blake Museum run by Sedgemoor District Council 1974 Castle Cary Museum. 1976 Castle Cary Museum moved into its present home. 1976 Dovery Manor Museum, Porlock 1977 Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum. 1977 More of the Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury,.. 1979 Watchet Market House Museum. c1980 West Somerset Railway Museum at Bishops Lydeard 1983 Milverton Archive was established in 1983 although it s origins date to c 1906. 1983 Wellington. 1984 Allerford Museum. 1985 Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford. 1986 Blue Anchor Railway Museum. 1987 Levels and Moors exhibition at the Willows and Wetlands Visitor centre, Stoke St Gregory. 1988 Blagdon Lake Pumping Station and Visitor Centre. 1989 The Helicopter Museum, Weston super Mare. 1989 The Somerset Cricket Museum, Taunton. 1989 Bruton Museum. 1989 Ilchester Museum. c1990 Wincanton Museum, closed 2011, re-opened 2013 1989 The Helicopter Museum, Weston super Mare. 1989 Ilchester Museum. 1995 The Bakelite Museum, Williton. 1995 Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust, Midsomer Norton 1990s Somerset Brick and Tile Museum, Bridgwater. 1998 Water supply exhibition, Wessex Water's Ashford education centre, nr Cannington. 1999 Bruton Museum moved to the present premises. 0000? Wincaton Museum, closed 2011 c2000 Lambretta Scooter Museum, Weston super Mare. Now closed. 1999 Radstock Museum. 2000 Crewkerne Heritage Centre. 2001 Watchet Boat museum. 2003 Bishops Lydeard Mill Museum. 2005, Boathouse Museum, Porlock Weir. 2009 Blake Museum, Bridgwater, transferred to Bridgwater Town Council,and managed by volunteers from the Museum Friends. 2011 Museum of Somerset, Taunton. This is the Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society's Museum redesigned. 2012 Dunster Museum and Doll Collection established 2014 Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, closed for re-development. Due to reopen 2017.
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