AddressAxminster Heritage Centre
Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street
EX13 5AH
Tel01297 639884
Tags Disabled Access Bookshop / Library Community Centre Conference centre Historic Building Museum

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The Axminster Heritage Centre – Entry Under 17 Free, Adults £3

Opening Hours
Easter to end of October: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm
November to Easter: Open Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am to 4pm
Bank Holidays 10am to 4pm (Not Christmas or New Year)
Groups 10+ please telephone. Group Tours available by appointment.

More Than Just a Museum…
Take a trip through time to learn what has made Axminster and the surrounding area what it is today. Children can enjoy their own trail with dressing up points and interactive activities.

- Explore Axminster, its origins in the Bronze and Stone Ages, then as a crossroads on the Roman Fosse Way.
- Learn about the abbey built at Newenham. by the Cistercian monks after they were given the Manor of Axminster in 1246.
- Discover how Axminster became a busy agricultural market town developing a strong rural economy over many years.

World Famous Axminster Carpets
Thomas Whitty started making carpets here in 1755, whilst William Harry Dutfield established his modern factory in 1937. See a beautiful 1769 Whitty carpet. Compare our original 18th century loom used by Whitty with a 1930s Crabtree loom used in the Axminster Carpets factory. We occasionally run the Crabtree loom which is fully working (Check our website for dates and times)
The town has attracted all sorts of craftsmen and women, a foundry, two brush factories, both famous for their toothbrushes. A series of precision engineering companies have flourished and examples of some of their innovative products are on display.
Learn how individuals like Thomas Whitty and William Buckland put Axminster on the map. Others like James Davidson and George Pulman recorded Axminster’s history, and Emily Conybeare helped the sick of the town.
All this is housed in a factory built by the Whitty family, which subsequently served the town as a court-house and a hospital.

The Dye House, Courtyard and Garden…
In the courtyard, beside the restored Dye House, our garden helps you learn about the plants used to create dyes to colour Axminster carpets.

Temporary Exhibitions…
To complement our permanent exhibition we regularly present and host temporary exhibitions, check our website for information.

Information for Tourists and Local Residents…
Find places to visit, local event information and tickets, walks, cycle routes and bus timetables.

Axminster Heritage Alive…
Join in our extensive programme of friendly events, including talks, art and craft courses, films and coach trips. Check ‘What’s On’ at our website for information.

In Silver Street, just off Trinity Square in the town centre, a short walk from bus stops and the railway station.

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