Our award winning Museum began life in a country barn in the village of Haydon. When the last mine in the Somerset Coalfield closed in 1973 a group of local people wanted to recognise the work of the Somerset miners and their contribution to Britain’s heritage. The result of this foresight is an extensive collection of artefacts from Somerset’s coal mining history.
The Museum, with its collections and purpose built displays, is now housed in the restored Radstock Old Market Hall. With galleries on two floors you can learn about blacksmithing, coal mining, shoe and boot making, printing and local breweries. You can explore our reconstructed coalmine. You can walk along our Victorian street and discover shopping, home life, school life and leisure. We have displays of fossils and local geology, agriculture and local railways. You will be amazed at the array of things to see and do.
Visit us today to find out more about one of the world’s most dangerous jobs and the impact mining had on the communities of the Radstock area and life in Victorian times.
Information on Opening Times, Tickets, How to Find Us and Access for All.
There is so much going on at Radstock Museum!
Our permanent displays tell you of the life of a Somerset miner and his family and show how the communities of the coalfield were integrated.
School visits are arranged with the Education Team lead volunteer. The Museum is also a great destination for a group or social visit.
The SHOP specialises in publications relating to the heritage of the area. We also stock greetings cards, gifts and memorabilia.
Radstock Museum is a great place to be a VOLUNTEER. Come and join us.
This ON-LINE search website gives access to some of the Museum’s photo library of archive images: includes local history and railways.
Our unique archive of documents, and over 17,000 photographs, relating to the former Somerset Coalfield is available for Research.
Five Arches is the History Journal of the Radstock, Midsomer Norton and District Museum Society.