About

The Museum tells the story of brick and tile making, one of the many labour-intensive industries once found in Somerset. The core of the Museum is the only traditional brick kiln remaining in the South West. It was one of six at the former Barham Brothers’ Yard in East Quay, Bridgwater, and was last fired in 1965.

Bridgwater produced an impressive variety of bricks, tiles, terracotta plaques and other wares that created the look of many Somerset towns. The kiln is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and was saved from destruction in the 1990s.

Admission by advance booking only

Open Tuesdays 10.00 am to 2.00 pm (from 18 May)

Advance Booking

Please book online and in advance. This is to help us manage the number of people in the museum and reduce contact

Stay Safe

We have made a few changes that put your safety, as well as the safety of our staff, first. Face coverings are required

Donations

The museum is run by a charity. Please consider donating £3 per person. We need your support now more than ever

Reopening FAQs

  •     Is the whole museum open?

    All the areas which are normally accessible to the public are open including the cone.

    The toilet is available for public use.

    There is a small area selling postcards and fridge magnets. These will be available to purchase but are cash only.

    There is parking available on site for one car per booking. Please do not block access for other vehicles. If there is no parking on arrival please park on nearby roadside parking.

  •     How do I book?

    The booking system enables us to comply with the ‘Test and Trace’ requirement. Contact information must be provided at the point of booking. We will record your arrival time and keep this information for 3 weeks.

    In line with Government guidance you must not visit with people from more than two households or a maximum of six people. Our online booking system is set at a maximum of six people. If there are more than six people in your combined households you may need to make more than one booking.

    All visitors must book their visit in advance, this should be done on-line if possible. If you do not have access to the internet please contact us on 01823 255088 and we will book a timed ticket for you if available (please make it clear that you wish to book for the Brick and Tile Museum.)

    If any of your party have additional needs and you would like any help or advice with planning your visit please contact us before booking. Please arrive promptly for your time slot. You can stay as long as you like. Tickets are released weekly.

    Opening times and days may vary.

  •     What coronavirus precautions are in place?

    Booking and Access

    We are limiting the numbers of visitors who can access the site through the use of the online booking system. It also enables us to comply with the ‘Test and Trace’ requirement.

    In line with Government guidance you must not visit with people from more than two households or a maximum of six people. Our online booking system is set at a maximum of six people. If there are more than six people in your combined households you may need to make more than one booking.

    We will monitor visitor numbers in different areas and will intervene if we feel an area is getting too busy.

    Where possible we have increased air flow around the museum.

    There is a one-way route around the site.


    Safety and Hygiene

    Staff will be wearing visors or masks as appropriate.

    There will be a continual cleaning regime, paying special attention to high touch points such as door handles.

    We have removed the interactive which requires touch. Hard hats will be thoroughly cleaned after every use.

  •     What coronavirus precautions do I need to observe?

    For your safety and the safety of our staff, visitors must pre-book a timed ticket.

    Please do not book if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, if you are awaiting a test result, or if you have been contacted by NHS: Test and Trace.

    Face Coverings

    For your safety and the safety of other visitors and of staff, you are required to wear a face covering in this building.

    Hand Hygiene

    Hand sanitiser is available on arrival and exit from the museum and hand washing facilities are available. Visitors are asked to make use of them.

    Social Distancing

    Visitors are asked to socially distance and for each group to stay at least two metres apart from each other.

    Visitors may be asked to wait at certain points if social distancing is not possible in a given area.

  •     How do I donate?

    The Brick and Tile Museum is run by a charity – the South West Heritage Trust.

    Donations are vital for the work we do in helping people to discover Somerset’s rich and remarkable heritage.

    You can donate online when booking your ticket or make a cash donation during your visit. Our suggested donation amount is £3 per person.

    Thank you for your support.

  •     How will you comply with NHS Test and Trace?

    We will hold your booking details relating to each visit in order to comply with NHS Test and Trace guidelines.

    We have a QR code available as part of the NHS Track and Trace App.

Three weeks to go! First chance after lockdown! Make a tile to take home. (Subject to government guidelines)Tuesday 1st June 10:00 – 14:00Come and make your own decorative tile to take home when fired.Have a socially distanced creative and messy hands-on time. Suggested age 3+ £3 per tile. Book a slot from the week before online at swheritage.org.uk/our-sites/brick-and-tile-museumItems will be left to dry, fired and ready for collection from Tuesday 13th July.No unaccompanied children. Limited parking. See MoreSee Less
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On #WearaHatDay we couldn’t resist sharing our favourite photo featuring hats from the museum. Are we the only people who think the ladies are wearing very fancy hats to work in a factory? Perhaps they knew they were going to have their photos taken so they dressed up for the occasion! See MoreSee Less
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