A fascinating town museum with a big heritage and located near the Banks of the River Severn
The Bewdley Museum was opened in 1972 and established by Stephen Quayle who wanted to share the exciting heritage of the town and show what an important part it played in the history of the region. Cleverly located in the historic butcher’s ‘shambles’ it tells the story of Bewdley and the surrounding areas. Amongst others, the artwork section showcases the work of Cyril Lavenstein, Frank Brangwyn and Lord Frederic Leighton. Access to the museum is through the Tourist Information Centre and is ideal for both adults and children.
The museum includes a 250-year-old brass foundry, a World War II air raid shelter built in 1940 and the Town Jails. To the rear of the museum are lovely open spaces and as well as a walled herb garden with plants that were used for both cooking and medicinal purposes. The beautiful Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Gardens, with their outdoor sculptures and ornate pond, is a must especially during summer when the plants are in bloom.
Included in the museum is a crafts section where resident specialists display their skills from jewellery to rope making. Also within the Museum is the Shambles Café serving excellent food and drink in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
The museum is close to Bewdley Bridge and the riverfront with its many attractions. Bewdley was once an important stop for River Severn commerce and it’s clear that the residents of the time used their profits to enhance this picturesque and historic Georgian town.
ADDRESS & CONTACT
15 Load St, Bewdley, Worcestershire, England – DY12 2AE
Sat Nav Postcode: DY12 2AE
Sat Nav Postcode Parking: DY12 2DG