Looking Back, Looking Forward – the final exhibition at Somerset Rural Life Museum

Somerset Rural Life Museum’s final exhibition opens this weekend which celebrates the museum’s long history and looks forward to what the future holds for it.

‘Looking Back Looking Forward’, which opens on 4 January, is the final exhibition at the museum before it closes in March for a major redevelopment.

The exhibition tells the museum’s story, from its origins as a working farm to the creation of the museum forty years ago, and looks forward to what the future holds.

The exhibition begins with the story of the Mapstone family, who lived and worked at Abbey Farm for over fifty years. It also shows how the current museum was created forty years ago and looks at the many events and activities that have helped make it such a well-loved place.

The exhibition includes visualisations of how the galleries will look after the redevelopment and offers a preview of some of the objects that will be on display. The essential work and support of the Friends of the Rural Life Museum is also celebrated.

David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Heritage, said: “The museum is greatly valued by Somerset residents and visitors to our county. This exhibition is an opportunity both to celebrate the museum’s past achievements and to look forward.

“Our redevelopment plans are sympathetic to the existing fabric of the site and will build on what people have told us is important about the museum.”

Entry to the exhibition and the museum is free. The exhibition runs from 4 January to 29 March. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

For further information call 01458 831197, email somersetrurallifemuseum@somerset.gov.uk or visit Somerset Rural Life Museum, Abbey Farm, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, BA6 8DB.