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Bewdley Museum Trust was officially formed  in 1969 with the aim of creating a ‘living museum’ with demonstrations of craft skills – a practice that continues today. In 1971 restoration work began on the shambles, the site was being used at the time by Bewdley Borough Council as a storage depot. The museum was opened a year later by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley by the untying of the last rope made by John Lowes ropewalk and shortly after  Princess Alexandra made an official visit.

The ropewalk was the first operational exhibit and the museum continued to expand over the years with the opening of the Brass Foundry in 1978 and the Herb garden in 1987.