Bridport Museum is a friendly Dorset Museum with internationally important collections. Most significantly, our outstanding collection charting Bridport’s unique rope and net industry.
A chap called Captain Codd gave the Museum building to Bridport Borough Council in the 1930s on the condition that the Council would pay for the necessary alterations to turn it into a museum and art gallery.
The Council also bought his art collection for a nominal fee of £20. It opened on 28th May 1932 and was administered by Bridport Borough Council until 1974.
Captain Codd was a keen amateur artist and his paintings form the basis of the Fine Art Collection today.
In 2000, following refurbishment of the Museum, the Local History Collection, office and reserve collections were moved into The Coach House in Gundry Lane. The Local History Centre is now open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and manned largely by volunteers.
The Museum gained full Registration in March 2002 through the development of new displays and work on documentation of the collections by a dedicated team of volunteers. In November 2002, after 28 years of ownership, West Dorset District Council handed over the building, collections and staff to the Bridport Museum Trust, an independent charitable trust set up to manage the organisation. The Council continues to provide funding and support to the Trust.
25 South Street
Local History Centre
The Coach House
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