The Archaeology Room The ancient peoples of the Bridgwater area lived near rivers and on the nearby hills. Objects from the Stone Age and the Iron Age have been found at several sites. A very strong Roman influence was felt later on, with ports at Combwich and Crandon Bridge. Come along and view these fascinating finds. On permanent display for the first time we have the 10,400 year-old Greylake Skulls. In 2011 radiocarbon dating showed that both skulls were from people who died around 8,400 BC
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  BridgwaterMuseum Discover Bridgwater’s Heritage FREE ENTRY  Donations welcome Bridgwater Town Council From Stone Age to Modern Age “A great afternoon spent here.Great history. Really excellentmuseum. Many thanks.” S.H from New Zealand “Most enjoyable, thanks for theguided tour” M.H from Nova Scotia, Canada  “Very good displayof Bridgwater history.Very interesting andwell laid out.” W&S from Hamburg,Germany Museum Blake   Brid water Blake Museum The Brick and Tile Industry The Museum’s collection of brick and tile makingartefacts may be seen at the Somerset Brick and TileMuseum, East Quay, Bridgwater. Open Tuesday andThursday, 10.00 am -4.00 pm. Tel: 01278 426088(Tues & Thurs) or 01823 347451 (Mon - Fri) Learning We offer opportunities to schools to have athemed learning experience. For details pleaseemail: learning  Group and Party Visits For group and party visits with a guided tour,please contact the museum for details. The Archaeology Room The ancient peoples of the Bridgwater area livednear rivers and on the nearby hills. Objects fromthe Stone Age and the Iron Age have beenfound at several sites. A very strong Romaninfluence was felt later on, with ports at Combwich and Crandon Bridge. Come alongand view these fascinating finds.On permanent display for the first time wehave the 10,400 year-old Greylake Skulls.In 2011 radiocarbon dating showed that bothskulls were from people who died around8,400 BC in the Mesolithic period. This is5,600 years older than Stonehenge.   “Terrific time here. Loved the Redware &earlier pottery. Will try to learn more aboutthe 1896 Brick Strike. So well done. Thanksto all!” M.M. from Manchester  How to find us Blake Museum5 Blake Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3NBTel: 01278 456127Nearest bus stop: High Street or Bus and Coach Station.Railway Station: St John Street.Nearest car park: Dampiet Street (short stay)  You will be entering a Grade 2* listed buildingand as such, wheelchairs are restricted to theground floor. Other displays can be viewedelectronically but views are limited. The upper floor has changes of level and some floors areuneven. Every assistance will be given tomake your visit an enjoyable one. Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 am - 4.00 p.m. Last admittance at 3. 00 p.m. From 1 st  April - 1st November 2014.Please visit our website for any last minute changes Email: Supermarket P   The Friends of Blake Museum. You can help support the future of the museum by joiningthe Friends or by making a donation. Visit:  The Blake Room The son of a prosperous Bridgwater merchant, Robert Blake became Member of Parliament for the town in1640. Joining the Parliamentary party against KingCharles I during the Civil War, he became Cromwell’sGeneral-at-Sea. Follow this fascinating story of the founder of the modern navy.Audio - Visual on the Life of Blake available. The Library On the first floor. This has a collection of local books,as well as reference notes about the villages of theneighbourhood and other topics. The photographiccollection is housed here. The Library may be used byappointment only. The Exhibition Room & The Gallery These are used for temporary exhibitions. For moredetails please contact the museum or see our website .  For 2014, The Gallery will be home to an exhibitionof paintings from the museum’s art collection. Blake Museum i s a 16th century house locatedin the heart of Bridgwater, a historic market townand port, first mentioned as Brugie in the DomesdayBook of 1086. The Museum was first opened to thepublic in 1926 and it is said that Robert Blake, thetown's most famous citizen, was born in the house in1598.As well as being the local museum for archaeologyand history of Bridgwater, we also cover the villagesin the area extending from south of Burnham-on-Seaand Highbridge in the north, to Thurloxton in thesouth, and Ashcott in the east to beyond NetherStowey in the west. “Great museum, very interesting and diversesubjects. What would we do without volunteers,well done to you all”  G.W. from Cowes, I.O.W  “Amazingly well cared for museum, a fountof information and wonderful volunteers”  L.S. from Glastonbury “Absolutely delightful! Informative and very wellpresented in a lovely old house that complementsthe interesting town ” R.G. from Bridgend “An exciting visit - thank you” M.L. from Cornwall The Bygones Room For the 2014 season we have a mixture of artefactson display here. Textiles feature with a selection of uniforms, clothing and Friendly Society Regalia.There is a large display of Bridgwater’s industrialpast along with some other unusual exhibits. The Bridgwater Room Geology and remains of the medieval Friary andthe Hospital of St John feature here. The medievalwooden chest where the Borough documents wereonce stored is kept here along with the bells fromthe Old Town Gaol. The Transport Room Bridgwater was once the premier port for Somerset with all manner of goods being imported here. Themain export was Bridgwater brick and tiles, exam-ples of which can be found around the world today.Bridgwater’s rich maritime heritage can be foundhere. The room also features model road transport vehicles that have been painstakingly reconstructedand repainted in the liveries of local firms. The Battle Room This room tells the story of Bridgwater’s involvement inconflict from the time of Alfred the Great, the Peasants’Revolt, the English Civil War, the Battle of Sedgemoorand the two World Wars. Kids (and adults) are able tohold a replica musket of the type used at the Battle of Sedgemoor.   “ What a wonderful museum, oneof the best we have seen!” G.P. from New Zealand Hot drinks are available on request.  Why not bring your own food andenjoy a picnic in the garden. .
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