Ashburton Museum

Contact Information

1 West Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7DT
Telephone
01364 652539

Opening hours

Monday:
Closed
Tuesday:
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Wednesday:
Closed
Thursday - Friday:
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday:
Closed

Ashburton Museum

Ashburton Museum
Originally started in a private house, the museum first moved to the tower of St Lawrence Chapel and, when it outgrew that, in 1962, to the old blacksmith's shop behind the chapel, part of the old grammar school site. By 1968 it moved again to its present site in the centre of Ashburton, next door to Lloyds Bank, in a building which was once a brush factory. The museum houses an unique collection which, in addition to items of local interest such as local artefacts and school records, includes the large internationally known Paul Endacott Collection of North American Indian items. On the first floor there is an interesting lace collection much of it having personal conections with Ashburton families. Mrs Barling presented the museum with a party dress worn by her as a child and the yellow silk wedding dress was worn by Mrs Barrie, of East Street. There are many artefacts showing how agriculture has progressed over time. There is an interesting collection of tools from the 18th century onwards including peat cutting tools as well as these images of man and pole traps. There is a small display about the town mills and umber mining and items relating to wool processing which was once important in Ashburton. Please note: the museum is only open between May and September each year. Admission: Adult £2; Child Free

Forthcoming events

No exhibitions or events are currently scheduled at Ashburton Museum