West Somerset Rural Life Museum

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The Rural Life Museum is housed in the old Village School leased from the National Trust. It was a school from 1821 to 1981 and opened as the Rural Life Museum in 1983. The collection is owned and administered by a Charitable Trust
and is entirely self-funding from entry fees, donations, etc.

The exhibits are displayed in three rooms, the largest containing domestic, farm and local industry equipment from a hundred years ago. There are also outside displays.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

April until the end of October

10.30 - 16.00
Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Sundays & Bank Holidays
13.30 - 16.30

Closed: November - March

Admission charges

Adults £2.00
Children 50p

Additional info

Copies of photographs available from our extensive West Somerset Photographic Archive.

The Victorian schoolroom has original desks and forms, together with slates, textbooks and toys of the period. There are also Victorian era clothes in which individual children can dress up.

Morning educational visits are by arrangement and cover the Victorian aspects of the National Curriculum. They are conducted by experienced teachers and guides. The charges per pupil are: 10.00-12.30 £1.50p, 10.00-14.00 £2.00. There is no charge for accompanying teachers/adults.

Collection details

Music, Archives, Social History

West Somerset Rural Life Museum
The Old School
TA24 8HN


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01643 862529

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