Castle Cary Museum

Museum Exhibitions

The museum is split over two floors in the Market House and comprises the following permanent collections and exhibitions.

A collection of local fossils including ammonites . Details of the discovery of an ichthyosaurus at Alford.

Local Notables
We have a displays devoted to Douglas Macmillan (1884-1969) the founder of the Macmillan Cancer Care Charity . Douglas was born and died in Castle Cary and the charity is very active in the town. Another display celebrates the life of the diarist Parson Woodforde (1740 - 1803) whose writings give a vivid account of the life of a rural cleric in the 18th century. Woodforde's father was vicar at Ansford and he was a curate to the Parish himself before moving to Norfolk.

  Industrial and Agricultural History
Large collection of domestic items and agricultural implements, tools and relics.

John Boyd Textiles
Horsehair weaving became big business in Cary in the 19th Century and today John Boyd textiles at the Higher Flax Mills is still in production. It is the only remaining horse hair weaver in the whole of Britain and one of only two remaining in the world, the other factory is in France.

Library & Archives
The library contains books and archives on Castle Cary and Ansford and the surrounding area. We may be able to assist with family and local history enquiries but we will need prior notice of this if you are intending to visit.