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 and details of the discovery of an ichthyosaurus at Alford.

Local Notable

We have a display 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.

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.

Archives and Library

The Museum has an archive containing original documents from the mid eighteenth century to the present relating to people, buildings and events occurring in Castle Cary and District. These can be consulted by arrangement with the museum archivist.

The library contains books 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, either by letter or email, if you are intending to visit.