Museum

The Almonry Museum

The Museum is spread over two floors of this beautiful 14th Century building, and consists of ten rooms and a large garden. The displays and collections tell of the history of the Town of Evesham and the local area, known as ‘The Vale of Evesham’, from the Prehistoric and Iron Ages, through Medieval times, and into the Victorian days. There is also a large garden with a Cannon, horticultural equipment, and  stonework salvaged from the Abbey.


The Abbey Room & Civic Room

These rooms tell the story of the town of Evesham. The Abbey Room itself dates from the 14th Century. In here, the story of Evesham begins:  The Legend of Eof, Evesham Abbey, and Henry VIII’s dissolution of the Monasteries…

The Civic Room is dedicated to the Government of the Town. This room houses the Town Charter, granted in 1605 by James I and signed by his son, Prince Henry.

 


 

The Undercroft

The Undercroft is the oldest known part of the Almonry building. From medieval times onward, this type of room was typically used for storage.

During the 17th Century, Quakers were persecuted throughout Britain. In Evesham, it is said that during this period Quakers were imprisoned in the Undercroft at the Almonry.

Currently the three chambers house domestic exhibits and artefacts relating to Evesham’s industries: Market Gardening, Fruit Growing and Glove Making.

A wide array of tools relating to local trades such as thatching, saddlery and blacksmithing are also on display here, and along the Main Corridor, as well as various pieces of stonework from Evesham Abbey…


The Victorian Kitchen & Victorian Schoolroom

A permanent exhibition displaying how a kitchen would look in Victorian times can be seen on the ground floor.

Upstairs, we have a Victorian schoolroom exhibition showing how children would have been taught in days gone by. Visitors can get dressed up and play with the costumes and items on show!


 

The Military Room

*This room is currently closed to the public & is due to re-open soon.*

Evesham was not spared during the two World Wars, and the collections in this room reflects those dark days.

On display are items that range from the Civil War, through the Boer War, right up to VE Day in 1945.

The is also a small exhibition about two local men who won the Victoria Cross.


The Archaeology Room & ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’

This room exhibits artefacts showing occupation and settlement in the Vale from the Neolithic period onward: with displays relating to Prehistoric finds, the Iron and Bronze Ages, and Romano-British occupation.

Central to the room’s display is a collection of early (6th-7th Century) Anglo Saxon grave goods from Bennett’s Hill in Offenham.

Three tall ‘cabinets of curiosities’ contain fascinating household and everyday personal items from the 18th to the 20th Centuries.

 


The Simon de Montfort Room

 

This Room tells the story of the battle fought in Evesham on 4th August 1265 between the armies of Henry III, led by the future Edward I, and Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester.


 

 

The Great Hall (Lecture Room)

This is the upper storey of the original Medieval Hall.

Here we currently have several Cabinets with Medieval displays, and the Victorian Schoolroom set up at the far end of the Hall.

Temporary and Seasonal Exhibitions are set up in here.

This room is available for Private Groups, Lectures and other Private Functions. Please get in touch with us for more information about hiring facilities and prices.

 


 

The Almonry Garden

A tranquil space with plenty of benches to take a moment, soak up the atmosphere and admire the Abbey stonework and examples of horticultural equipment, vintage signs and the fairground galloper!

 


A Note About Accessibility…

  • The Almonry is an old building and as such has uneven floors and low doorways.  Each room in the Museum is accessible by at least one step.
  • The upper floor of the building is only accessible by stairs.
  • The garden is accessible and has a gravel and paved path. If you require access to the garden separately , please notify the Almonry in advance of your visit.  Please note that many areas of the garden are uneven.

Dont hesitate to get in touch with us for more information about Accessibility around the building and garden.