Housed in a historic and unusual 18th century Butcher’s Shambles, this unique museum provides a fascinating insight into the growth and trades of the town, the lives of its people and the crafts of the surrounding Wyre Forest area. The varied displays are both undercover and open air, richly illustrated with artefacts, archive photographs and the work of basket and besom makers, charcoal burners, pewterers, brass founders and wheel-rights.   The museum offers a programme of changing exhibitions and events throughout the year that are publicised on the website and through an events leaflet.

A warm welcome awaits you from the resident crafts people, who can be seen at work in their studios including a textile artist, stained glass worker, cabinet maker and furniture restore/polisher. A variety of traditional crafts are brought to life daily through hands-on demonstrations. Unique and beautifully crafts gifts can be purchased from their studios or the museum gift shop.

Relax in the walled Herb Garden which features many medicinal, culinary and fragrant herbs as well as a working watermill and bee garden. A small wooded area demonstrates how naturally occuring plants and trees were used in traditional crafts.

Stroll through the gardens, where a restored medieval orchard, distinctive play sculptures and wildlife pond create a traditional yet contemporary atmosphere. Open air music events take place during August on a Sunday afternoon in the adjoining gardens which houses a splendid green theatre.


The museum offers a comprehensive resource for schools wide a wide range of cirricular activities.

Shambles Cafe

Indoor and outdoor seating in an attractive courtyard in the museum offering home-cooked refreshments using local ingredients