The world-famous Bakelite Museum is a unique collection of ordinary and extraordinary objects from the Naughty Nineties to the Swinging Sixties. It includes thousands of items that were used in homes and workplaces throughout the country - things made of Bakelite and other early plastics in fabulous colours and patterns - all part of everyday life in the Bakelite era.
Bakelite, the first proper plastic, was a revolutionary material. It enabled mass-production and its insulating capabilities allowed cars and aeroplanes to be made. It was known as "the material of a thousand uses" and in various guises it was used by everybody.
We have a Bakelite car, a caravan in the shape of an egg, experimental plastic bicycles and there are telephones and gramophones, ovens and irons, cruets and calculators, televisions, toys and tie-presses, vintage vehicles and even machines from the first and last Bakelite factory in Britain!
It's a treat for people who appreciate design and it's a nostalgic feast for those who remember these things and an eye-opener for those who don't.
There is also a collection of rural machinery from our pre-industrial past, to contrast with the bright new plastics of the modern machine age.
You can treat yourself to a delicious Somerset cream tea in our pretty tearoom or in the garden, where the only sounds are animals, birds, the babble of the nearby stream and the occasional steam train in the distance.
Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a lead so they don’t frighten our cats! We are open March to the end of October, 10:30-5:00 Thursday to Sunday during term-time, every day during school holidays. Adults £5, children (6-16) £3, children under 6 free, family (2 adults, 2+ more children) £14
Address:- Orchard Mill, Williton, TA4 4NS
Contact:- Imogen & Patrick
Telephone:- 01984 632 133