Bishop's Stortford Museum

Exterior view of the Bishop's Stortford Museum
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The Bishop's Stortford Museum was created in 2002 following the merger of the Rhodes Memorial Museum and the Bishop's Stortford Local History Museum. The Museum has collections relating to local history, archaeology, Cecil Rhodes and Southern Africa. The Museum is housed in Netteswell House, the birthplace of Cecil Rhodes.

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Opening hours

Mon - Fri 10.00 - 17.00
Sat 10.00 - 16.00
Public Holidays 10.00-15.00

Closed: Sun
Christmas & New Year

Admission charges


Additional info

Guided tours are available by appointment only.

The Rhodes collection includes photographs, portraits, models, costumes, furniture and a selection of ethnographic objects. Exhibits illustrate African cultural traditions from basketry and beadwork to wood carving and weaponry.

The major local history archive is that of Sir Walter Gilbey, and contains personal correspondence, documents of the W & A Gilbey Wine Co and the family connections. The local history collection is broad-based due to its proximity to the Essex/Herts border.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Cecil Rhodes
  • Sir Walter Gilbey and the W & A Gilbey Wine Co
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Rhodes Gallery: Bishop's Stortford Art Society Exhibition

  • 12 — 29 July 2016 *on now

An excellent opportunity to view, FOR FREE, the work of our local artists. Come along and spend a pleasant hour or so enjoying the pieces on display.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Rhodes Gallery; Exhibition of work by Ray Whyard

  • 1 — 29 August 2016

This is your chance to enjoy the work of Ray Whyard who was trained at the Medway College of Art and the St Albans School of Art. He was also the winner of The Art for All exhibition . Rhodes Gallery 2008. This FREE ADDMISSION exhibition is your chance to view some more of this fantastic local artwork.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Free Guided Tours of Rhodes Museum

  • 6 August 2016 11am-12pm

Take a free tour with us, on a selected date, and learn about the objects in the museum and hear some of the interesting facts and stories from the collection. Just turn up at 11am when the tour begins!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Monday Memories

  • 1 August 2016 2-3pm

On the first Monday of every month, come along for afternoon chat over tea and biscuits. Share your memories of Bishop's Stortford with others who are really interested in listening.

2pm - 3pm


Summer Holiday Fun

  • 2 — 3 August 2016 10am-3pm
  • 9 — 10 August 2016 10am-3pm

PEG DOLLS : August 2nd and 3rd
Try your hand at this traditional craft pastime and make a peg doll of your own to take away.

PAPER MOSAICS: August 9th and 10th
Find out about this fascinating ancient craft and help us to create a mosaic to hang on our wall PLUS make a paper mosaic of your own to take away.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£2 per participant


Bishop's Stortford Museum
South Road
Bishop's Stortford
CM23 3JG




01279 651746


01279 467171

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