About Bradford on Avon Museum
Bradford on Avon Museum Society was founded in 1986, initially in order to preserve the contents of the old Christopher pharmacy. It is a trust that is registered with the Charities Commission and a company limited by guarantee.
Its aims are to collect, preserve, research, display and educate the public about the human and natural history of the town and the area of the former Hundred of Bradford.
After four years of fund-raising and discussions the Museum opened in its present premises in Bradford on Avon’s new library in September 1990. The space is leased from Wiltshire Council, however the Museum is entirely independent of local government and is staffed exclusively by volunteers.
Its funding comes from the subscriptions of Museum Society members, the donations of visitors and occasional grants from Bradford on Avon Town Council, Wiltshire Council, charitable trusts and government agencies.
How can you help?
You can help the work of preserving and displaying Bradford’s heritage by:
- donating money or fund-raising – every bit helps!
- joining the Museum Society
- seeking out items for the Museum’s collection
- volunteering as a Steward so that the Museum can be open to the public
- assisting the Museum’s Research Group and Oral History Group
The Museum receives around 6,000 visitors a year, amongst whom are local people enjoying their heritage and tourists from all over the world who want to learn something about the town and its surrounding area.
Registered Charity 298085