Craft studios at Bewdley Museum

In 1969 local people, who felt Bewdley’s historical past was worth preserving, formed a private museum trust. The museum opened in 1972. In 1975 Wyre Forest District Council became trustees of the museum. It is housed in 18th century buildings and includes a butcher’s shambles and brass foundry.

Each year around 200,000 people visit the museum. There are craft demonstrations, a packed event and activities programme, exhibitions and resident craftspeople.

Studios and licences

  • Studios vary in size ranging from 128 square feet to 341 square feet.
  • Electricity is metered and charged in addition to rental payments.
  • 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 three months notice.

The studios

Sawyard unit D - available from July 2023

  • Unit size: 128 square feet
  • Cost per annum: £1,032.00 increasing by 5% per year

Shambles studio one - not available

  • Unit size: 243 square feet

Shambles studio two - not available

  • Unit size: 231 square feet

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 three weekends per month and two days per week (11am to 3.30pm) throughout the open season.
About you and your craft
Home, work or mobile number.
For example; equipment used, access to water, noise, any safety considerations.
This should be no more than 500 words and needs to include, how you would staff your studio and how you will market your work.
File sizes should be no more than 4MB in total.
About our units
Please provide the names and contact details of two referees