Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum

History Revisited

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The Museum is closed at present except for special events, while spring cleaning and exhibition preparation go on before re-opening in March - but there is work going on behind the scenes all year round, and more volunteers are always welcome. The Local Heritage Resource Centre is still open at the usual hours - details in the Resource Centre section.




About the Museum


Portrait of William Cooksworthy

 The museum was opened in 1972 in the old Kingsbridge Grammar School buildings. Mrs Evelyn Northcott persuaded English China Clays Ltd. to rescue the derelict building and found a museum to collect and record the social history of the area.

The Museum was named after William Cookworthy, who was born in Kingsbridge, and who developed the first true hard-paste porcelain ("china").



The Museum facilities now include:

  • Displays of artefacts from the early history of Kingsbridge through to the present day;

  • A gallery of agricultural machinery and tools;

  • A collection of over 16,000 photographs dating from the 1870's through to the present day;

  • Costumes from the 19th and 20th centuries;

  • A viewing gallery giving a virtual tour of the Museum;

  • A resource centre to support personal research. This has many local documents including microfilm copies of local newspapers from 1855 to the present.