Somerset Brick and Tile Museum
Heritage Service HQ
The museum is dedicated to the local industry of brick and tile making, one of the many labour-intensive coal based industries once found in Somerset.
The core of the museum is the only remaining tile kiln in Bridgwater. It used to be one of six at the former Barham Brothers' Yard at East Quay. It was last fired in 1965, the year that the works closed.
Demonstrated inside are the methods and processes involved in making the impressive variety of bricks, tiles, terracotta plaques and other wares that create the 'look' of Somerset towns like Bridgwater, Burnham and Glastonbury.
The kiln is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, saved from dereliction in the 1990s when it became a museum, now run in partnership between Somerset Heritage Service, Somerset Work Preparation Services and Sedgemoor District Council.
Other times by appointment.
Admission free during advertised opening hours.
For bookings and research facilities, please contact Somerset Heritage Service on the telephone numbers and e-contact addresses given above.
Bricks, tiles and other ceramic products; tools employed in the making processes; drawn from the collections of Somerset County Museums Service and the Blake Museum, Bridgwater (Sedgemoor DC)