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Axbridge and District Museum in King John’s Hunting Lodge is housed within a beautiful medieval house on the market square in Axbridge, and holds social history collections from the ancient Borough of Axbridge including early schooling, Union Workhouse and local trades. The archaeology collection comprises material from excavations on the Mendip Hills.
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Bruton Museum situated on Bruton’s High Street, holds an eclectic collection relating to the local area, including a desk used by John Steinbeck, works by German sculptor Ernst Blensdorf and many fascinating objects made and sold in the town.
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Chard and District Museum is on the High Street in Chard, housed within a listed 16th century building. It holds a varied and wide-ranging collection relating to the town and its local area, including material relating to John Stringfellow who was the first person to fly a powered aircraft; and James Gillingham who pioneered the development of artificial limbs.
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Wells and Mendip Museum is situated on the Cathedral Green in Wells. Its varied displays highlight excavations at Wookey Hole and the world of caving under the Mendips, local minerology and palaeontology, including a 2 metre long ichthyosaur; and social history and decorative arts, the latter including a superb collection of embroidered samplers.
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Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum in the atmospheric old Grammar School celebrates the history of the local area and its people. The social history collection includes a large agricultural display, an exhibition on William Cookworthy, the first person to make hard paste English porcelain in his Plymouth factory and a photographic collection of over 16,500 images of local people and places.
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The Museum of Dartmoor Life is situated in a Victorian granary in the centre of Okehampton. Its collections reflect 5000 years of Dartmoor’s archaeology and social history. Exhibits range from a reconstructed Bronze Age hut to 19th and 20thcentury crafts and historic moorland industries such as tin mining, quarrying and farming to explore the lives and work of Dartmoor’s people.
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Axminster Heritage Centre, housed in the original Thomas Witty carpet factory, tells the story of Axminster and its surrounding villages from pre-history, through Roman times to the modern age. Wool has featured prominently in the town’s history and exhibits feature weaving, spinning and dyeing with a special focus on its world famous carpet industry. Other local manufacturing businesses on display include personal care brushes and feathers.

Teign Heritage Museum in Teignmouth, Devon on the estuary of the river Teign holds an important maritime heritage collection for the area including swords, cannon and finds from the 16th century Church Rock wreck and two boats, archive and plans from the famous local Morgan Giles shipbuilders. The museum local social history collection, includes Teignmouth and Shaldon’s seaside holiday story.
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