Founded in 1968 by members of Sherborne Historical Society, Sherborne Museum occupies what was once the gatehouse and almonry associated with the former Benedictine monastery. From the outset, its aim has been to preserve and share Sherborne’s rich heritage for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the town alike; it represents the area’s geological, historical, social and industrial development from prehistory to recent times, as well as its natural history.
The museum has an extensive archive relating to Sherborne and the surrounding parishes, with holdings including estate papers, school records, maps and plans, pamphlets, deeds, wills and newspapers. There is also a substantial photographic and postcard collection and a reference library containing many volumes of local interest.
The museum is fully accredited and run entirely by volunteers. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated.