Axminster Museum

Axminster Museum is a town museum situated in the Old Police Station and Courthouse opposite St. Mary's Church in the centre of the town of Axminster, Devon, England. It was founded in 1982.

Axminster Museum is located in Devon
Axminster Museum
Map showing the location of Axminster Museum within Devon.

The Old Court House was built in the 1860s on the site of the old workhouse.[1] The two-storey stone building has five bays with three asymmetrical gables. The current main doorway was a carriage entrance. The building is a Grade II listed building.[2]

The collections include exhibits related to the town's carpet industry founded by Thomas Whitty in 1755. There are also agricultural tools, archaeological finds, Coins and Medals, Costumes and Textiles, old photographs, archives and occasional special exhibitions.[3][4] It is also possible to see the old police cells and courtroom.[5]

In 2015 a grant of £69,700 was obtained from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the development of the museum and the nearby Thomas Whitty House as a heritage centre.[6][7] The heritage centre opened in 2016 and many of the exhibits from the museum were moved into the new centre, based in the old carpet factory.[8] It is hoped to obtain further funding for the renovation of the Drill Hall and Dye House.[9]

The building also houses the town's tourist information centre.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Old Courthouse". Axminster. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. ^ "The Old Court House". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Axminster Heritage Centre". Devon Museums. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Axminster Museum". Culture 24. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Axminster Museum". GoThisPlace. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Restoration of Thomas Whitty House and redevelopment of Axminster Museum (phase 1)". Heritage Lottery Fund. Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  7. ^ Larsson, Anders. "AXMINSTER: Heritage group secures Lottery money". View From. Archived from the original on 27 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  8. ^ "New Axminster Heritage Centre opens its doors". Devon History Society. Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Project Aims". Axminster Heritage. Retrieved 16 August 2016.

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