Bridport Museum to reopen after its £1.3million redevelopment

Posted April 11, 2017 at 5:02 pm

After a five-year long redevelopment project, Bridport Museum will reopen this Summer.

The £1.3million redevelopment has enabled a complete internal modernisation of the galleries making them innovative and interactive.


One of the stars of the Museum will be the Ackerman netting loom, which has been restored to full working glory with the support of Geoff and David Ackerman. A working ropewalk has also been built to enable visitors to see rope being made.

Curator Emily Hicks said: “After so many years of planning I am thrilled to see these remarkable and positive changes to Bridport Museum. Our aim has always been to create a museum that does justice to the town – one that is as welcoming and friendly as Bridport itself. The great news is the Bridport Museum will still be free for all to enjoy and we will now be open all year round.”

In the lead-up to the grand reopening, the Museum is organising the ‘Season of Heritage’ festival throughout May: A busy programme of fun events across the local area celebrating the town’s heritage.

The Chairman, George Streatfeild said: “Over 300 people have been involved in this project – from our volunteers, to conservation specialists, to the members of the public who helped us create the designs. It really will be a museum about Bridport, by Bridport, for Bridport.”