Craft Studios at Bewdley Musuem

About Bewdley Museum

Craft Studios - 2017-2018In 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.

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Studios and licences

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.


Application process  

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.

Download an application form.

The Studios

Sawyard UnitsSawyard units

Each unit is approx. 128 sq ft
£770 per annum
(Studios B and D are available to rent)

ShamblesShambles studio 1

243 sq ft

£1460 per annum
(Currently unavailable)


Shambles2Shambles studio 2

231 sq ft

£1390 per annum
(Currently unavailable)

Contact Us

0845 607 7819

bewdley.museum@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

Bewdley Museum, Load Street, Bewdley, DY12 2AE

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