Bridport Museum

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Bridport Museum, seen in 2011.

Bridport Museum is a museum in Bridport, Dorset, England. It is housed within an early 16th century building known as the Castle, located on South Street. The building has been Grade II* Listed since 1950.[1]


The Bridport Museum and Art Gallery was established in 1932 by Captain Alfred Percy Codd, who had purchased the Castle for £1,800 the year before.[2] He offered to donate the building to Bridport Borough Council on the condition that it would be transformed into a museum and art gallery, which would house his own paintings. The council accepted Codd's offer and the museum opened on 28 May 1932.[3][4]

In 1974, the management of the museum was taken over by West Dorset District Council, and later in 2002 by the Bridport Museum Trust.[2] After years of planning, the museum closed to undergo a £1.3 million redevelopment in 2016. Funding had been received from various sources, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bridport Town Council, West Dorset District Council and public donation.[5] It reopened in May 2017 with new galleries and displays, while repair work had been completed on the building.[6][7]


  1. ^ "THE CASTLE (MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY), Bridport - 1227857". Historic England. 1950-11-28. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  2. ^ a b "History of Bridport & Bucky Doo (Buckydoo) Square - Bridport, UK". 1975-05-05. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  3. ^ "The history of the building". Bridport Museum. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  4. ^ "Netting the prize | Dorset Life - The Dorset Magazine". Dorset Life. 1932-05-28. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  5. ^ Rene Gerryts (2017-09-13). "Peeking behind the scenes at Bridport Museum after its refurbishment". Dorset Echo. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  6. ^ "Bridport Museum set to re-open after "complete transformation"". Dorset Echo. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  7. ^ "Bridport Museum set for redevelopment after lottery grant - BBC News". Retrieved 2018-03-09.

Coordinates: 50°43′57″N 2°45′28″W / 50.7325°N 2.7579°W / 50.7325; -2.7579

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