Chard and District Museum

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Chard Museum has displays illustrating the history of Chard and its surrounding area. Highlights include displays devoted to pioneers of powered flight (John Stringfellow) and the development of artificial limbs (James Gillingham). Other displays show rural crafts (blacksmith, wheelwright, cooper), local industries (lace-making, agricultural machinery) and social life (domestic and laundry exhibits). Most parts of the Museum are accessible to disabled visitors

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 1000-1630

Closed: Sat, Sun

Admission charges

Adults : £2.50
Children : 50p
Friends : Free

Includes a display on John Stringfellow, pioneer of powered flight, who flew a steam-powered ten foot wingspan aircraft in a disused building in Chard in 1848. The Museum has replicas of this and other planes designed by him and his partner, William Henson.
Another display is on James Gillingham whose Chard company made artificial limbs from 1866 to 1950. Other displays include rural crafts (blacksmith, wheelwright, cooper), local industries including agricultural machinery, domestic life, costumes.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Aviation, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Industry, Land Transport, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Flight
  • John Stringfellow
  • Artificial limbs
  • James Gillingham
  • Rural crafts
  • Farm machinery
  • Social and domestic life
  • Costumes
  • Education
  • Religion
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Resource Box

Resource boxes for use with Key Stage 2. Current topics include "The Victorians" and "World War II". A new box on "The Chard Lace Industry" is also available

How to obtain

Book through the Museum (01460 64017).
Charge of £10 per term.

Chard and District Museum
Godworthy House
High Street
TA20 1QL




01460 65091

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