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.

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