Leominster Museum was founded almost fifty years ago, to tell the story of this ancient market town in Herefordshire & its surrounding villages. It is housed in a converted mid-19th century Mission Hall, with outbuildings and additions at the back. Its collection includes a prehistoric burial, an important group of early 19thC watercolour paintings by local artist John Scarlett Davis RA, hundreds of objects relating to the agricultural, industrial, and domestic life of the town in the last 200 years, as well as a complete horse driven cider mill & cider press. It is open six days a week from Easter Saturday to the end of October, and stages a new temporary exhibition almost every year. It is wholly volunteer run. It does not charge entrance fees, and relies for its income on donations, a Friends scheme, sale of merchandise, and grants from an assortment of bodies.
The Museum, whose accreditation with Arts Council England (ACE) was renewed most recently in October 2017, is constantly seeking ways to engage with a wider audience. In 2014, it received an Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for ‘Rifles & Spades’, a First World War commemoration project; and from 2015 to 2017, it was one of the six participating museums in the national Creative Museums project. One of the most popular items in its collection features on the Museum Crush website. It has a number of exciting plans for the future, including the expansion and redevelopment of its current buildings.