Somerset Brick and Tile Museum, Bridgwater

The museum is dedicated to the local industry of brick and tile making, one of the many labour-intensive coal-based industries once found in Somerset. The core of the museum is the only remaining tile kiln in Bridgwater. It used to be one of six at the former Barham Brothers’ Yard at East Quay. It was last fired in 1965, the year that the works closed.

Demonstrated inside are the methods and processes involved in making the impressive variety of bricks, tiles, terracotta plaques and other wares that create the ‘look’ of Somerset towns like Bridgwater, Burnham and Glastonbury.

Did You Know?

The kiln is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, saved from dereliction in the 1990s when it became a museum.

Address

Somerset Brick and Tile Museum
East Quay
Bridgwater
TA6 4DB

Telephone

01278 426088

Website

www.swheritage.org.uk/brick–tile-museum

Price

Entry is free, but donations are welcome

Opening Times

Open all year

Facilities

  • On-site parking
  • Toilets
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Handrails
  • Level access/ramps
  • Limited disabled access

Collections

  • Ceramics
  • Industrial
  • Literary
  • Social history

Time Periods

  • 20th Century
  • Edwardian
  • Victorian