This transformed 17th-century Tudor House nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds is now a thriving museum, one of the only venues from this era you can explore in the village of Broadway.
This hidden gem is located in a former coaching inn, now a Grade II listed building that has been adapted over time, retaining much of its original charm. The museum opened in 2013 with the support of the Ashmolean Museum in the nearby city of Oxford, whose staff often lend their expertise to the planning of exhibitions and projects at Broadway.
Permanent displays explore the history of Broadway including the famous 19th-century colony of artists and writers known to frequent the area and industries such as the local making and distributing of wool. There is a rolling programme of exhibitions and events with three major exhibitions taking place each year. Past exhibitions have included everything from the history of gemstones to fashion and costume. The collection includes exquisite English furniture, paintings, porcelain, glassware and a selection of artefacts curated by the Ashmolean Museum.
The museum itself is just a half-hour drive from Cheltenham or Stratford-upon-Avon, providing a tranquil location to soak up the history of the Cotswolds on a country day out.