Somerset Rural Life Museum

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The Museum tells the story of Somerset’s rich rural and social history and provides a family-friendly destination which has learning, access and discovery at its heart.

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Opening hours

Easter to the end of October
Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm and Bank Holiday Mondays.

November to Easter
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Last entry 4.30 pm.

Admission charges

Admission including Gift Aid £6.00 adults/£4.95 concessions/£2.75 child (under 18 years)/under 5s free.

Collection details

Social History, Archives

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Nurse Dorothy Maud Hole

Echoes of War: The Somerset Countryside 1914–1918

  • 16 December 2017 — 2 June 2018 *on now

A new exhibition at Somerset Rural Life Museum explores the many ways in which rural Somerset was affected by the events of the First World War.

Using objects, archive documents and photographs, the exhibition reveals how the First World War profoundly changed the county’s rural communities. Visitors can discover more about life on the home front and the ways in which Somerset people supported the war effort.

Somerset’s landscape was used as a place of respite and recuperation for wounded soldiers. Red Cross hospitals were set-up across the county and many country houses and schools were converted for military use. A remarkable collection of watercolours illustrating daily life at Hinton House Red Cross Hospital near Crewkerne will be digitally displayed for the first time. The drawings, by Nurse Dorothy Maud Hole, will be accompanied by her diary detailing hospital admissions and autograph books signed by the soldiers.


Normal museum admission applies


Somerset Rural Life Museum
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01458 831197


01458 834684

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