Welcome to the
Home of the West Somerset Rural Life Museum, The Victorian Schoolroom and The West Somerset Photographic Archive.
THE MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN WITH FREE ENTRY ON SATURDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2023 FROM 10AM UNTIL 4PM WHEN OUR GIFT SHOP WILL BE STOCKED WITH LOVELY ARTISAN CHRISTMAS GIFTS AND DECORATIONS. PLEASE COME AND VISIT US. YOUR PURCHASE MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO OUR WORK.
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.