Project Aims

Summary of Aims

  • To illustrate the history and heritage of Axminster through the ages.
  • To enable the public to see original Axminster carpets
  • To facilitate a valuable educational resource for schools, colleges and scholars of all ages with the provision of both lecture and study facilities.


Thomas Whitty House – the perfect setting


Future Part2

Therefore Axminster Heritage Limited acquired the old Whitty carpet factory – a Grade II listed building located opposite the Minster in the heart of the market town of Axminster.    Axminster Museum has merged with Axminster Heritage in 2014 to form a single registered charity.    In 2015 the first stage of the major renovation work was completed and the collection from the old museum packed up and transferred to Thomas Whitty House.   A temporary display has been set up and the Heritage Centre is now open to the public.

A major Heritage Lottery grant application has been submitted to complete the renovation of the Drill Hall (installing a mezzanine) and Whitty’s original Dye House and garden, together with the setting up of an interactive display that will tell the story of Axminster through the ages, with a special focus on the world famous Axminster carpets.  New toilet facilities will be constructed and a small shop and café included.   Grant applications will be made in the coming months to charitable trusts and foundations and donations sought to provide the necessary matched funding.

The Gallery is now Closed for Winter

We will be re-opening Easter 2018


Thomas Whitty House
Silver Street
EX13 5AH
01297 639884

Bradshaw Room


07958 544694

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