Radstock Museum

Radstock Museum

Brief Description of Organisation

Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum preserves and displays documents and artefacts relating to the heritage of Somerset’s former coalfield and makes these available to researchers.

Full Description of Organisation

Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum is housed in Radstock's former Market Hall which was converted thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in the late 1990s. 


The Museum' scope encapsulatues the life of the communities of the Somerset Coalfield from its start until its demise late in the 20th Century. The displays are wide ranging and cover not just mining but also all the other industries which supported mining and also the modes of transport which were developed to service the coalfield. In addition the Museum shows how people lived, where they shopped and what leisure activities they enjoyed.


There are extensive archives of articles, documents and photographs which can be accessed by researchers.


Complementing the permanent displays, the Museum puts on temporary exhibitions usually lasting a few months on a huge range of subjects of local or historical interest.


The Museum runs a thriving programme of visits by schools and other groups such as the scouting movement. 


The Museum has a cafe in the form of a traditional railway buffet and an excellent shop which has a wide range of books relevant to the Museum's scope.


The Museum is accredited by Arts Council England.

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Radstock Museum

Brief Description of Organisation

Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum preserves and displays documents and artefacts relating to the heritage of Somerset’s former coalfield and makes these available to researchers.

Radstock Museum