Delve into our collections

You can find internationally-important collections here. They range from the stunning Jurassic Coast fossils, to the unique rope and net collection which tells the story of local lives spanning 800 years.

Bridport Museum Trust is proud to care for these collections on behalf of our communities.

If you’d like to do research into the collection, please get in touch to find out what’s available and to make an appointment.

Our collections come from Bridport town, and its surrounding villages.

Rope and net

This is our most significant collection, and reflects the importance of the rope and net making industries in the area for the last 800 years.

It includes two net-making machines and many samples of rope, twine and net.

In 2012, we acquired the Sanctuary Collection from the Museum of Rope and Net in the nearby village of Uploaders.

This collection is a unique and comprehensive record of the industry.

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Geology

We have many local fossils from the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast. Highlights include beautiful brittlestars and a large plesiosaur skeleton.

You can explore some of our star fossils on the Fossil Finder.

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Archaeology

Archaeologists have recently confirmed that our collection is very important – second only in the country to that from Hod Hill in the British Museum.

We have almost 1000 fines, ranging from Paleolithic to post-medieval times. The most important material is Romano-British (when Britain was ruled by the Romans) and comes from two local sites – Waddon Hill and Watton Hill.

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Fine Art

Lots of local artists are represented in our collection including Captain Alfred Percy Codd who founded the Museum, Fra Newbery, Henry Walton, FE Tighe, A Hodder, Geaorge Biles and Eric Bray.

You can explore some of our collection on the Art UK website or our Flickr page.

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Archives and Photographs

Our Local History Centre houses an extensive archive. In includes documents relating to local families, commercial forms and organisations, as well as 19th Century newspapers, broadsheets, programs, paper souvenirs.

You can explore many of our photographs Flickr page.

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Dolls

If you think of dolls, what comes to mind?

Probably not Shakespearean characters, kings or even a nun! But you can see these and more in our fascinating collection of around 275 dolls. Most were donated by one man – the Reverend Dr Donald Omand, a rector of Chideock.

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Costume and Textiles

See how fashion has changed over the centuries in our costume collection.

We care for many exquisite items, from an 18th Century Parisian hand-painted silk gown, to a 1970s wedding dress, bought and worn locally.

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Natural History

Will you love him or hate him?

Our most majestic creature is our huge tiger, who has gained celebrity status over the years. You can also find birds’ eggs, birds and mammals in our extensive natural history collection.

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Coins and Medals

Count the pennies in our impressive coin and medals collection!

It includes a William I Bridport Penny, as well as military and commemorative medals.

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Social History

They might be random, but the objects in this collection tell the stories of the people of Bridport over the years.

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