Welcome to the Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum

Come inside the Old Grammar School and discover the story of Kingsbridge and the South Hams.

In our galleries you will find both permanent displays and special exhibitions showing how the people of the area have lived, worked and played over many generations.

A highlight of your visit may be viewing our collection of photographs from the 1870s to the present day – or a visit to our Local Heritage Resource Centre for personal research and access to our archives and local records.

Whatever your interest there’s something for all the family in this lively local museum, rain or shine …

OPENING HOURS 2019

25 March – 31 October

Monday – Saturday (inc. Bank Holidays):
10.30am – 5.00pm (4.00pm in October)

Sunday: Closed

ADMISSION

£3.00 for adults / £2.50 for concessions

Last admission 30 mins before closing

FREE ADMISSION for children under 16

About the Museum

The Museum was opened in 1972 in the old Kingsbridge Grammar School buildings. Mrs Evelyn Northcott persuaded English China Clays Ltd to rescue the derelict building and found a museum to collect and record the social history of the area.

The Museum was named after William Cookworthy (1705 – 1780), who was born in Kingsbridge and who developed the first true hard-paste porcelain (“china”).


About the Collections

Click HERE to view the rooms in which our Collections are housed.


About the Photo Archive

Click HERE to view some examples of our extensive collection of historical photographs of the local area.


Who we are:

The Museum is run by a small committee and just one full-time paid administrator. We also have a team of committed volunteers and stewards, without whom the Museum could not function.

Click HERE to find out how YOU could help.

Museum Facilities

  • Displays of artefacts from the early history of Kingsbridge through to the present day

  • A gallery of agricultural machinery and tools
  • A collection of over 24,000 photographs dating from the 1870s through to the present day
  • Costumes from the 19th and 20th centuries
  • A viewing gallery giving a virtual tour of the Museum
  • A beautiful walled garden
  • A resource centre for personal research with many local documents
  • Microfilm copies of local newspapers from 1855 to the present

Latest News & Events

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR

25 MARCH – 31 OCTOBER

This is the latest exhibition at the Museum, celebrating 50 years of Kingsbridge Fair Week.

The ‘Choosing’ of the Fair Queen occurs annually. This year marks 50 years since Fair Week was relaunched in its present form.

THE NEW JACKET

25 MARCH – 31 OCTOBER

Come and view our new fashion item. This is a modern version of the type of jacket worn by Quakers, including William Cookworthy in his famous portrait.  The jacket was made by seamstress Mary McLellan, who has made costumes for theatrical and historical productions using appropriate materials. It is currently available to view in the ILBERT ROOM.

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