Clare Ancient House Museum

Clare Ancient House Museum
26 High Street
C010 8NY


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Clare Ancient House Museum from the north
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Clare Ancient House is a Grade 1 Listed Building, dating in part to the 14th and, in part, the 15th century. It may have served as a shop, and has certainly been a bakery, a workhouse and a dwelling for the Church sexton. It is most famous for its 17th-century decorative pargeting, of which it is a well known example. The Museum it now houses aims to interpret the history of Clare through its artefacts, its photographs and special exhibitions.
The special exhibition currently showing is about Elizabeth de Burgh, The First Lady of Clare. The last member of the de Clare family to live in and expand Clare Castle, Elizabeth is probably best known as the foundress of Clare College Cambridge. Her influence on the town of Clare, her patronage of many religious institutions, from Clare Priory to Walsingham pilgrimage hostels for the Franciscans, and her learning are all explored, as well as what it meant to the small town of Clare to have such an important and wealthy resident.
The Museum should soon be featuring news of some of the exciting archaeological finds in Clare Castle excavations sponsored by Managing a Masterpiece (Heritage Lottery Fund programme) and undertaken by Access Cambridge Archaeology under the direction of Carenza Lewis.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Easter-September, and half-terms
Thurs Fri Sun 14.00-17.00, Sat and Bank Holidays 11.30-17.00

Closed: October-April, Easter

Admission charges

Adults and over 16s: £1.00
Children under 16: Free
Friends: Free

Additional info

CD-roms on the historic buildings and people of Clare, including some local genealogical information.

The East wing is leased to the Landmark Trust, for holiday lets.

Largely Victorian and early 20th-century domestic and agricultural artefacts for Clare and environs. Photographs of local buildings, people and events. Historical issues are explored in explanatory panels around the walls, and through pamphlets available for purchase.

Collection details

Social History, Personalities, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture, Archaeology, Agriculture