Athelstan Museum, Malmesbury
Summary:The history of Malmesbury, the hill-top town on the edge of the Cotswolds, comes to life through the Athelstan Museum which contains a fascinating collection of artefacts and explanation of local history.
Athelstan Museum tells the history of Malmesbury, an attractive hill-top town which lies on the edge of the Cotswolds, and the area of north Wiltshire that surrounds it.
Malmesbury was built on the site of a 2,800-year-old Iron Age hill fort and Athelstan Museum has a fascinating collection of artefacts and explanation of local history. The museum runs a series of short-term exhibitions so the displays are always changing.
Malmesbury is famous for its lace and its Abbey and the museum also sheds light on a number of interesting old Malmesburians, including King Athelstan, first king of all England; Eilmer the flying monk over 1,000 years ago; and Walter Powell MP, who vanished at sea in a hot air balloon.
With the help of its volunteers, the museum is able to open seven days a week throughout the year. The museum is generally open from 10.30am-4.30pm but during the winter months, Sunday opening hours are from 11.30am-3.30pm.
Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9BZ