Bridport Museum to reopen after £1.3million overhaul

Bridport Museum will be back open this summer. Pictured are conservator Tim Martin (left) asking advice from Geoff Ackerman to get the Ackerman netting loom running again.

BRIDPORT Museum will once again be free and open to all this summer after its major £1.3million redevelopment.

The five-year-long project has enabled a complete internal modernisation of the galleries, making them innovative and interactive.

One of the stars of the museum will be the Ackerman netting loom, which has been restored to full working glory with the support of Geoff and David Ackerman.

A working ropewalk has also been built to enable visitors to see rope being made.

Curator Emily Hicks said: “After so many years of planning I am thrilled to see these remarkable and positive changes to Bridport Museum.

“Our aim has always been to create a museum that does justice to the town, one that is as welcoming and friendly as Bridport itself.

“The great news is that Bridport Museum will still be free for all to enjoy and we will now be open all year round.”

In the lead-up to the grand reopening, the team at the museum is organising the Season of Heritage Festival throughout May – a busy programme of fun events across the local area celebrating the town’s heritage.

George Streatfeild, chairman of the museum, said: “Over 300 people have been involved in this project – from our volunteers, to conservation specialists, to the members of the public who helped us create the designs.

“It really will be a museum about Bridport, by Bridport, for Bridport.”

To keep up to date with when the museum is opening, visit their Facebook page at or follow them on Twitter @bridportmuseum For information on the Season of Heritage events, visit

Bridport & Beaminster Reporter| Lottie is currently studying for an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism through a distance learning course and joined the paper in April 2014 on a freelance basis, becoming a staff reporter in January 2015. She is now the reporter for the View From Bridport and View From Beaminster papers.