top of page

Opening Times

We are now OPEN:

Tuesdays to Sundays:  10.00 to 16.00

IMG_6732.jpeg
IMG_6732.jpeg

On View at Winchcombe  Museum

Channel 5, 'Museum of Natural Wonder'. Mondays at 8pm.

The Winchcombe Meteorite makes a star appearance in the first episode.  Visit Winchcombe to see a piece of history and to learn the story behind this fascinating object.

Winchcome Maces-29.jpg

New Arrivals

The 500 years old Winchcombe Town Maces

IMG_6760.jpeg

The Winchcombe Meteorite 

Follow the story of the  Winchcombe Meteorite's arrival

front cover maces (1).jpg

New Publication!

Winchcombe: Once a Town of Some Importance.

"by Anne Crow and Carol Harris.   A brilliant incite into the part Winchcombe played in local and national Historical events.

£8.00 plus £2,00 p&p or visit the musuem shop and pick up  your copy.

THE   WINCHCOMBE    METEORITE
 

winchcombe meteorite.jpg

The Winchcombe Meteorite

Our collection includes fragments of an exceptionally rare meteorite, which made worldwide headlines when it fell  on a driveway in the Cotswolds town of Winchcombe in February 2021.  The fall was the UK's first for 30 years.   The meteorite is 4.6 billion years old and pre-dates the earth itself.  It is of a very rare type, known as a Carbonaceous Chondrite.  Only five per cent of meteorites are of this type, and they, are therefore, of great scientific importance.   This is because they are believed to have brought the water and organic matter that led to the first life on earth.   The meteor was caught on many cameras as it sped, glowing brightly, through the earth's atmosphere.  This not only allowed scientists to accurately predict that Winchcombe  was where it might shed meteorites on the ground, but also to plot that it came from the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars.

The Wilcock family, on whose drive it fell, wanted to ensure that the amazing discovery on their drive would benefit the local community and science in general.  They donated the  meteorite to be displayed in Winchcombe Museum and The Wilson in Cheltenham.  They also donated the main mass of the meteorite to the Natural History Museum in London, where it will be studied for hundreds of years to come, and shared with scientific institutions across the world.

In our dedicated Meteorite room you can view fragments of this remarkable extra-terrestrial rock.  The room tell the story of the meteorite's arrival, how it was tracked and discovered, what it is made of, and where if came from in space.  Colourful charts of the planets and several books on space are available for our younger visitors to enjoy.


To discover more on  the Winchcombe Meteorite and for more information on the Wilcock's story

www.winchcombemeteorite.org

Read and watch the story of the initial reaction to the amazing WINCHCOMBE METEORITE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8PmCxl8na8&authuser=0

Preparing the Winchcombe Meteorite Exhibition
Small in stature, mighty in Scientific importance
Experts from the Natural History Museum previewing the Winchcombe Meteorite Exhibition

Our Mission

'Our museum seeks to encourage and promote further interest, understanding and involvement in the historical heritage of Winchcombe and the surrounding area through its unique collections and archives for the benefit of both ​the local community and visitors.'

shop2.jpg
shop6.jpg

Looking to the Future

We have very ambitious plans for the future of the museum. These starred with the glazing in of the undercroft area in 2020. This development enabled us to create a new  entrance to the museum through an improved  visitor centre, we also incorporated a new passenger lift to enable those who couldn't manage the stairs to access the main display areas on the first floor as well as new 'disabled washroom' facilities.

The museum team are now working on the complete transformation of the main area with new and improved 

displays, video and interactive displays.

martin podd
Winchcombe Pottery
TownHall-1-1w
Lost Buildings
Family search01
banner26
The current 'Virtual Page'
is all about the
World War 1 Red Cross  Hospital - just click the link to view
Great News: Our 'ever popular 'Pop-up' Shop and Artists are now ready to re-open - For full details and dates, just click HERE
bottom of page