The Museum encapsulates our history in physical form - farm implements, domestic house utensils, clocks and local traders' signs are all among the items in our collection. 

The museum maintains a series of permanent displays of items from Bishop's Waltham, including prehistoric and Roman objects, documents from Gunner’s Bank, Clayland’s Victorian terracotta and bricks, and the contents of Mrs Askew’s small village shop. We also have a new exhibition every year on different themes but always incorporating objects from our archive. We identify, catalogue and safely store all items in the collection. Not everything can be displayed, but we safeguard many items that can be made available for local interest or further research. 

In addition to objects, the museum holds a collection of thousands of photographs taken from the mid-19th century to the recent past, reflecting the photographic interest of John Bosworth, one of the founders. These are generally accessible for people researching their family trees or house histories, etc.  We are currently in the process of digitising the collection, so will hope to have them more accessible in the future.

We are hoping to soon be able to add both our current photograph and object catalogues to this website so watch this space….


In the meantime, please come and visit us to see our displays which change every year. In the John Bosworth Room, you are welcome to take a seat and browse through the folders of research about many local subjects, including many of our wonderful photos. 

Our collection continues to grow with the help of kind donations and we are always interested in any item with good local provenance. 

All images are owned by Bishop's Waltham Museum and must not be copied or reproduced without permission.


Click on each photo for more information.


Opening Hours

Palace Grounds   1st April - 30th September: Open daily from 10am - 6pm

1st October - 31st March: Open weekends and bank holidays 10am - 4pm

Alteration: October 2020: Grounds will stay open every day 10am - 4pm

Museum: 2nd May 2020 - 27th September 2020: Open weekends and bank holidays 12 - 4pm

Alteration: August and September 2020 - we are only open Saturdays due to Coronavirus

3 Station Road, Bishop's Waltham, Southampton. SO32 1DH (Car Park: SO32 1SB)


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