For over thirty years Weymouth Museum has been situated in a grade II listed Victorian Brewery off Hope Square. However, we have moved temporarily to a pop-up shop at 40b St Thomas Street Weymouth while the Brewers Quay building is refurbished. When we return, in about two years, we will occupy a bigger, more central space in the building which will allow us to display far more of our collection. The intention of the pop – up shop is to introduce the collection to a new audience and put a different spin on our collection for our repeat visitors. We will, through changing displays, show a range and depth of items and stories we hold. We will focus on social history to tell the unique story of the town.
Weymouth Museum Trust was established in 2010 to manage the museum. The museum is run entirely by volunteers with the aim of collecting, preserving and displaying artefacts relating to the history and cultural heritage of Weymouth. The area covered by the museum and from where it seeks donations to add to its collections stretches to Abbotsbury in the west, to Osmington on the east, and Bincombe to the north.
Within the museum there is a very active “Local History Centre” holding a wide range of research materials including original documents, maps, old photographs and postcards, cinema and theatre posters and programmes, electoral registers, and local history reference books. Microfilms of old records of the town, and local newspapers are also available in the Centre. This very important work will continue.
The new entrance facilities were only made possible through an emergency fund from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
We have also benefitted from the active support of The Friends of Weymouth Museum.