Full, and I mean FULL, of ‘stuff’ that my granny and nanny used to have….. And my parents if I’m honest. I didn’t realise Bakelite was used in the manufacture of so much. Teeth? Typewriters? Tea cups?
The museum isn’t like many modern museums with buttons to press and headsets to wear but, for me, it is all the more charming for that fact. It is a unique slice of social history with little treasures around every corner.
In addition there are two beautiful antique caravans to enjoy and at the end you can sit and relax in the gorgeous setting with a homemade scone and pot of tea. Bliss!
It is the largest collection of vintage plastics in Britain and it has exhibits from the inter-war period and the smooth, stylish Art Deco styles that set the trends of the 20th Century.
It showcases hundreds of the domestic items which we all grew up with and has thousands of quirky and rare items on show, including spy cameras, monstrous perming machines and the Bakelite coffin!
It also shows “Before Bakelite” – a fascinating display of Victorian plastics.
The museum is set deep in the peaceful Somerset countryside, and housed within a historic watermill. They also serve delicious cream teas in the museum café.
Reading through Trip advisor (which I often do when reviewing our listings) I found the following review which actually seems typical of the reviews on the site:
“One of the best museum’s I have ever been too!!! So much to see, not just Bakelite, but loads of other things too!!! Very interesting museum and a warm feel, due to it being a family run business!!! Floors of interest!!! Not just Bakelite, but other plastics! They also have an original TV Times and Radio Times, which are really interesting to look at!!! A museum of wonder!!! Definitely come back if in the area, and would fully recommend!!”
So when we are next in the area…we will be popping I to see what is in their that I grew up with and to wonder at what common every day items actually has Bakelite in them.