Our Collections

The Cookworthy Room

In 1670 Thomas Crispin built and endowed the Grammar School.

The Cookworthy Room is the old schoolroom, where generations of boys carved their initials into its wood panelled walls.

Here you will find a permanent exhibition illustrating how Kingsbridge and the surrounding villages have developed throughout the centuries.

The Ilbert Room

The room now includes a recreation 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.  Click HERE to view the jacket.

The Lorenz Room

Margaret Lorenz was a founder committee member and long-time Museum chair. The Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum has almost 20,000 objects, archives and images and this room has a changing exhibition displaying aspects of local life.

There is also a large dressing-up box for younger visitors to explore, and the round table to try their hand at drawing or lino rubbing.

The current exhibition is ‘Margaret Lorenz: A Head of her Time’ and documents her life, many interests and community activities. After attaining a Mathematics degree, she served in the WRAF. Her teaching career culminated as the Head of Kingsbridge School – the first female head of a comprehensive school in Devon.

The Duncombe Room

This room mounts a range of themed displays focused on the South Hams.

Our next major exhibition will explore and celebrate ‘Farming in the South Hams both in the past and today – watch this space for further details.

There are two computer kiosks where you can access images of current and previous exhibitions and our vast collection of historic local photographs.

The Crispin Room

This is where our volunteers audit and photograph objects and prepare new collections. Check to see if the room is open – if there is something interesting going on, the notice at the bottom of the stairs will invite you to come up and look.

The Victorian Kitchen

The huge cast iron range came from the local foundry in Duke Street. Meals were cooked on it for up to 60 boarders as well as the Headmaster’s household. The kitchen, with its farmhouse table and built-in dresser, is equipped with the tools, pots, dishes, moulds and cutlery necessary for a large Victorian establishment.

The Farm Gallery

This is in the walled garden behind the main building. It contains a wide range of farm machinery and equipment, from heavy equipment such as a cider press to hand tools.

The local engineering workshops built a range of farming equipment, including wagons to cope with the narrow lanes and steep hills of the South Hams.

We also have facilities for repairing and restoring the machinery.