Welcome to the
Home of the West Somerset Rural Life Museum, The Victorian Schoolroom and The West Somerset Photographic Archive.
The museum will reopen for the 2024 season on Tuesday 26th March with a new gift shop, refreshed displays and something exciting. Follow us on social media to find out more!
The Museum and Victorian School Room are housed in the old school at Allerford, leased to us by the National Trust. The school, built in 1821, was in use to 1981 and then, in 1984, it was reopened as the Rural Life museum, which is owned and administered by a committee of Trustees. The Trust is a Registered Charity which is completely self-supporting, and all the members of staff are volunteers.
Be transported back in time and will probably recognise objects used daily by your parents, grandparents, local tradesmen and farmers.
The pretty village of Allerford lies off the A39 five miles from Minehead and one mile from Porlock and has interesting old cottages and a famous Packhorse Bridge.