Funded by the National Lottery Radstock Museum celebrates the lifestyle of the typical Somerset coalminer. The Museum illustrates not only the home life of the mining families, but also the vibrant social, commercial and industrial structure of the last century.
Dedicated areas demonstrate the coalface and the miner's hard, dangerous working conditions. Shop at the Co-op as his wife did over 60 years ago, relive the trepidation felt by his children in the strict Victorian Board School, see how the community life centred round the twin pleasures of the church and the pub.
Local enterprise depicted includes the Blacksmith's Forge and the Partner's Workshop. Besides the collieries, other local employers in the town were boot and shoe manufacturers, brewers, printers, foundries and agriculture; all of these are represented within the Museum. The last of the Somerset coalmines closed in the early 1970s
The Museum also has its own shop, where you will find an extensive range of books, DVDs, souvenirs and other merchandise. Refreshments can be taken in the tea room.
B&NES Resident's Discovery Card Discount: 50p discount per card.
Interpret Britain Commendation 2001
Heritage Heroes Finalist 2005