The Blake Museum was founded in 1926 by the Bridgewater Borough Council. In 1974, with the Local Government re-organization, ownership was transferred to the newly formed Sedgemoor District Council. In 2000 The Friends of Blake Museum was formed to promote and support the improvement of the Blake Museum. In 2009 and under threat of closure, the ownership was transferred to the Bridgewater Town Council.

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The museum is now managed entirely by volunteers, and since April 2009 it has played a vital part in running the museum and caring for the collection. Under the guidance of the Curators, the volunteers carry out numerous tasks including cleaning, visitor reception, manning the shop, cataloguing, research, transcribing, assisting with school visits and assisting the curators with displays. During the Winter closure much of the maintenance work is done like painting, re varnishing floors etc.

We are always keen to welcome new volunteers as Custodians. If you can spare a minimum of three hours a week we would like to hear from you. Please contact us first to arrange an informal chat. For a small subscription you may like to consider joining the Friends. See how to join The museum opens daily from April to November, Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Other times may vary. The Purpose of the Museum has been restated and brought closely in line with the original purposes declared on its founding in 1926.