Bakelite Museum

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Bakelite Museum
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Bakelite Museum is located in Somerset
Bakelite Museum
Location within Somerset and the United Kingdom
Location Williton, Somerset
Coordinates 51°09′53″N 3°18′31″W / 51.1648°N 3.3087°W / 51.1648; -3.3087
Website Bakelite Museum

The Bakelite Museum is in Williton, Somerset, England.

The Museum is housed in the Orchard Millhouse, which has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II listed building,[1] which used to be a watermill and still has a disused water wheel.[2]

It is home to the personal collection of Patrick Cook, and includes vintage plastics including radios, cameras and telephones to a Bakelite coffin.[3][4]

In September 2010 a fire safety inspection found various problems which needed to be rectified if the museum was to remain open to the public and satisfy the Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order 2005.[5][6] The museum remains open to the public while a resolution is sought.

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  1. ^ "Orchard Millhouse". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Orchard Millhouse, Mill and Waterwheel (1174791)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Campbell, Sophie (23 June 2007). "This is Bakelite, do not adjust your dial". Telegraph. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bakelite Museum". Culture 24. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Costs 'may shut Williton Bakelite Museum'". BBC. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bakelite museum in Somerset tangled in red tape after fire visit". This is Somerset. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 

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