Visit Minehead - visit the Museum - Free Entry – donations very welcome!
Whether you are here for your holidays or living nearby, there is something of interest for everyone, here at our unique museum in The Beach Hotel, opposite Minehead’s Steam Railway station.
Experience the fascinating history of Minehead and Alcombe and discover the history of the Hobby Horse, the famous Swimming Pool, The Great Fire, world-famous author, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the Lifeboats and the Pier, which was dismantled in WW2. Plus many other exhibits.
New for 2017 - 'Maritime Minehead'
Minehead’s prosperity was built on its success as a trading port from the Middle Ages until the mid-nineteenth century, when tourism took over. Fishing was also always important. Learn about, the ships that used the harbour and their cargoes; the Quay Town families who crewed or owned the vessels; fishing, especially for herrings; the lifeboat service and the promenade pier.
We are pleased that Minehead U3A members are contributing again this year (2017/18) via another ‘Shared Learning Project’ ; the theme will be ‘Minehead on the Move’, exploring the ways in which trains, boats, planes and car - and more - have changed the face of the Town. Results of this project will be ready for the Museum’s 2018 Season
Latest Museum booklet
Minehead Museum trustee, Caroline Giddens, has just published her latest book, Education and Schools in Minehead and Alcombe. Research, combined with her own youthful experience of local schools, makes this a fascinating account of education and schools in this area, from Victorian times up to the present day. The author has drawn on old school yearbooks and logbooks, and her own memories will surely strike a chord with those readers who spent their own schooldays in Minehead or Alcombe. You may even find your younger self in one of the class photographs. This book is a valuable contribution to our further understanding of Minehead’s rich social history and sells at £5.00.
This book is the latest in a series of booklets published by the Genge Press for Minehead Museum. Other titles include: Minehead’s Building Stones, by Dr Eric Robinson; Minehead’s Street Names, by Caroline Giddens; Minehead Farms through the Ages, by Shirley Fryer and Quakers in Minehead by Michael Sully. All are obtainable from the Minehead Museum.
Location & Opening Times
The museum is located within the Beach Hotel, opposite Minehead railway station. Entry is through the Information Centre at the Beach Hotel.
Open mid March to end of October -open every day except Mondays, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, or 11.00 am to 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
Get Involved/Support us
Minehead Museum is staffed and managed entirely by volunteers and new volunteers are always welcome; to find out more about helping in practical ways call 01643 822097 or e-mail janetstyles(at)btinternet.com
Charity Registration no. 1169355
Beach Hotel Complex