In 1969 a private Museum Trust was formed by the local people who considered Bewdley’s historical past worthy of preserving. The museum opened in 1972 and Wyre Forest District Council became trustees of the museum in 1975. The museum is housed in historic 18th century buildings including a Butchers’ Shambles and Brass Foundry.
In addition to illustrating the area’s history, the museum encourages working crafts through demonstrations, exhibits and resident craftspeople.
Visitor numbers have increased significantly over the past 10 years. We received over 190,000 visitors in 2017. There is also a varied programme of activities, events and exhibitions throughout the year.
Studios vary in size ranging from 128sq ft to 341sq ft.
Electricity is included within the rent along with a listing on the museum’s website. Craftspeople can also sell their work through the museum/TIC shop with a reduced commission rate of 10%
The site is closed during January and February, however craftspeople can still access their studios during this time and arrange for individual clients to visit.
Licences are renewed every 5 years with a break clause on either side with two months notice.
All applications will be considered, however studio space will only be allocated to craftspeople who meet the museum’s aims and objectives and have demonstrated that they can fulfil the criteria set out in the application form.
Decisions will be based on the following criteria:
Variety – preference will be for crafts people demonstrating an unusual or traditional skill
Quality of work and professionalism
Commitment and enthusiasm – we require all crafts people to be present in their studios for at least 3 weekends per month and 2 days per week (11am – 3.30pm) throughout the open season.
Shambles studio 1
243 sq ft
£1533 per annum
Shambles studio 2
231 sq ft
£1460 per annum
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Bewdley Museum, Load Street, Bewdley, DY12 2AE