The Museum

2019 Opening 

8th April to 28th September:  Monday to Friday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, Saturday 10.00 am - 1.00 pm.

30th Septemberr to 2nd November:  Monday to Friday 11 am - 3 pm.  Saturdays 10 am - 1pm

9th November to 30th November: Saturday only 10am to 1pm.
Closed Bank Holidays.

The exhibits in the museum feature famous firms and individuals that are or were based in Wellington. There are displays on The Duke of Wellington and his association with the town.

We aim to offer visitors the history of our town by the knowledge of our stewards and the sale of booklets on local history such as - Wellington and the Civil War, The Wellington Monument, Wellington's Historic Park, Price Brothers/Relyon, Medieval Wellington, The Parish Church, The Howards, The Foxes, Wellington School, The Baptist Story, John Wesley rode by, Wellington 1900-1999.  There is also a comprehensive range of books and leaflets on town and local walks.

The following is a summary of the current displays in the Museum:-


A brief illustrated history of Wellington from the Domesday Book to the 21st century.

Armada Chest


This 300 year old chest used to sit in Fox's boardroom.  

Wellington Then & Now Picture Gallery

Pictures of the town's main streets in the early 20th and 21st centuries.


Wellington is twinned with towns in France, Germany and Portugal.  On display are some of the fine gifts from these twins.

Pre-1800 artefacts

Although most of the Museum's collection dates from the mid 19th Century onwards, on display are some older objects.


Wellington's industrial history includes woollen manufacture, brick making, bed making and an early mail order company.


An agricultural and veterinary goods manufacturer that became an aerosol and cosmetic company.  Violin string making, iron foundries and England's last private bank note also feature.  The town has had, and continues to have, many small family businesses. The first New Look shop was in Wellington. The Squirrel, in which the museum is housed, is more than 300 years old and was an inn until the 1970's.


Wellington used to have a railway station and a canal and the A38 went through the centre of the town.  Now it has two bypasses (the relief road and the M5) and neither a station or canal.


The most famous person associated with the town is obviously the Duke of Wellington, but other important connections include Sir John Popham (a former Lord Chief Justice), the anthropologist Sir Edward Burnett Tylor and David Suchet (Poirot).

Social Life

Wellington has a rich social history, including two world championships - ploughing and snuff-taking!

Domestic Life

Included in the display are a 19th Century kitchen range, a mangle, a stone hot water bottle and an early food mixer.

World Events

A display of some newspaper articles recording significant events of the last century affecting Wellington.

Model Cinema

The Wellesley in Mantle Street is an excellent example of an art deco style 1930s picture house - and it is still showing films.  In the museum is a scale model built to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1997.  The model opens up to show its fully fitted out interior.

Wellington and World Wars

Some reminders of what war entails and how Wellington was affected.

Wind up gramophone and embossing stamp

Working reminders of times past.

Oral History Project

Listen to Wellington folk talk about their experiences of working in Wellington over the years.