WEFT Focus – Dorset Buttons

Dorset Buttons

One of our fantastic WEFT workshops is being led by Jen Best of Beaker Buttons where she will be teaching the wonderful art of Dorset Button making. In celebration of this workshop we wanted to give you a bit of history in to this wonderful cottage industry. On the face of things the history of […]

Closures for WEFT

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We will be closed from around 12pm on Friday 17th June in order to finish off the set up for our latest exhibition WEFT – West of England Festival of Textiles 2022. We will also be closed in the morning on Saturday 18th June for a private screening of the exhibition before we open to […]

WEFT Focus – Mending

As part of WEFT this year we have the Slow Stitch Club coming in to teach a workshop on visible mending and darning. We thought this would be a good opportunity to explore the history and traditions of garment mending. The rise of fast fashion meant a decline in the ‘make do and mend’ which […]

Holiday Opening Hours Update

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We are having to update our holiday opening hours as we have managed to get booked in to have our leaky roof fixed – Yay! We are now going to be closed from Thursday 2nd June (for the Jubilee) through to Tuesday 7th June. We always try to close the museum when we are having […]

Calm Down Corner

Calm down corner in the upper gallery

If you visit us soon you may notice our calm down corner coming together on the upper gallery. Our top floor is quite large and can be overwhelming to some visitors, so we are creating a spot to sit down in and relax. We’ll be adding some stim toys over the few weeks, but please […]

Where, oh where, has Stumpy gone? 

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Where, oh where, has Stumpy gone? Stumpy gets a lot of love and attention from visitors and little hands (sometimes, a little too much love), so you may recall earlier this year, that poor Stumpers lost an ear! We are working with a fabulous conservation trainee, to restore Stumpy to his glory days. Further inspection […]

WEFT Focus – The History of Crochet


With the West of England Festival of Textiles (WEFT) in full swing we decided it would be helpful to give you a bit of the history behind the crafts we will be holding workshops for. Today we will examining the history of crochet. Telling the story of crochet is actually much trickier that you would […]

WEFT Focus – Babs Behan

WEFT Focus Crochet

In the lead up to WEFT next month we wanted to do a series of posts about the workshops, talks and crafts which are going to be showcased during the exhibition. Our first WEFT Focus is Babs Behan and the Bristol Cloth talk. Babs Behan is a natural dyer and specialist of non-toxic natural dyeing, […]

Queens Platinum Jubilee Opening Hours

Jubilee Opening Hours

We thought we would get in here early and let you know what our opening hours will be over the Jubilee Bank Holiday. We will be closed from Thursday 2nd through to Sunday 5th June. We will be open 10am-4pm as normal on Monday 6th but closed on Tuesday 7th as we attend an event […]

Easter Opening Hours

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We are open on Good Friday and Saturday 16th as normal and are closed on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday after which normal opening hours resume