Old Police Station
Porthcawl Museum is located in the Old Police Station, which was used as a working police station from 1877 to its closure in 1974. This listed building still has the original charge room which now houses the Porthcawl Tourist Information Centre.
Our collections include social, maritime and military history (particularly that of the 49th Recce Regiment, formed in Porthcawl in 1942), Victorian costumes and artefacts, railway history (of the DLPR, dating from 1825, and the GWR).
During 2014 a new Great War exhibition will be displayed at the museum it will include a replica trench experience. To mark the centenary of the start of the Great War in August 2014 town wide events will take place ..further updates will be published soon
31 March-31 October
Sat 10.00-12.00, 14.00-16.00
Between Christmas and Easter we are closed on Mon, Tues and Wed for renewal of displays.
Until April owing too new exhibition fitting. only open Wed 2pm to 4 pm. Sat 10 am to 12 noon & 2 pm to 4 pm f
The Museum contains an exhibition of the Welsh Guards featuring memorabilia of the Guards from its formation in 1915 to the present day, including uniforms, regalia, arms, regimental records and much more. The Museum also features a fascinating collection of artifacts, costumes and memorabilia charting the social and maritime history of the Porthcawl area as well as a collection of war mementoes. The wartime records of the 49th Reconnaissance Regiment, which was formed here in 1942, are also on display. The Museum also contains records of the history of the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist founded in 1189.
The Porthcawl Art Society provides displays of the works of local artists on the first floor.
Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Maritime, Social History, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- 49th Reconnaissance Regiment
- Welsh Guards
Porthcawl and the Great War
- 2 — 3 August 2014 10am-6pm
A weekend of Exhibitions and period displays with illustrated 30 minute talks throughout the day.
Have a go at amateur radio broadcasting to the world and Morse code. Research your Family History, and watch out for the 1914 recruiting Sergeant - he is after you!
There will also be street events in period costume throughout the day, join us by dressing up! Prizes for best costumes and shop display.
Exhibitions at the Museum and Y Centre, John Street will open at 10:00 and close at 16:30. The day will end with a Service of Reflection, 1914 A Year Of Change at All Saints Church, Porthcawl.
- Any age