Displays

Go underground in the World War II air raid shelter. Guided tours help to recreate the 1940s experience.

During the second world war, Bewdley’s  Post Office was housed in the large black and white building next door to the Museum. Its Air Raid Shelter was built in 1940 by the Ministry of Defence, for the use of the staff employed in, and by, the Post Office.

The air raid shelter is open subject to the availability of our volunteers. To avoid any disappointment, please ring the museum prior to your visit to check that the shelter will be open. 

air raid shelter

Explore the 250 year old Brass Foundry, hear stories from the people who worked there and take a peak at what the office would have looked like. 

Christopher Bancks came to Bewdley in 1697. He was one of the country’s most famous brassfounders and pewterers. The brass foundry was owned by several generations of his family until 1828.  It continued to trade under a succession of owners until 1923, when it was purchased by H J Exley whose family ran the foundry until it finally closed in 1964.

Follow this link to view the brass making in action.

brass foundry studio display

Geology displays show how the landscape around the Wyre Forest was formed.  

You can also find information about the Abberley and Malvern Hill Geopark and see samples of rocks and fossils from around the Geopark. For further information visit http://geopark.org.uk/pub/

The Shambles was once home to the town's police and fire services. The original 18th century fire engines can been seen along with displays and interactives. You can even try on a fireman’s uniform!

18th century fire engine

See how traditional crafts such as rope making, charcoal burning, spale basket making, tree felling, coracle making and clay pipe making featured in the history of the area. Examples and exhibitions of some of the crafts are featured around the museum, you can even try your hand at some!

Follow this link to see a rope being made at the museum.

rope making display

Explore the towns fascinating history and find out about the people who lived there. Discover the vibrant past of this historic trading post that was home to a Royal Palace and the birthplace of a Prime Minister.

The Bewdley Story display of notice boards

The Town Jails were built in 1802. Out of intended use for over 130 years they now house some old police equipment, and stories of crimes and punishment in the 19th Century. Do you dare to enter?

entrance to Bewdley Museum Town jail