For over thirty years Weymouth Museum has been situated in a grade II listed Victorian Brewery off Hope Square and it will return there when the current redevelopment of that building is complete. In 2022 and 2023 we had a pop-up museum in St Thomas Street Weymouth but we are now concentrating on social history projects and preparing the collection for reopening. The museum will be displaying exhibits around the town in various locations including the Library, Council Offices and Pavilion.
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.