The Old Bell, a 16th century inn, has been converted into a local history museum by Montgomery Civic Society. Run by volunteers, it is the winner of a Prince of Wales Award. Eleven rooms house displays illustrating the long social and civic history of the ancient County Town of Montgomeryshire.
There are permanent exhibitions relating to the medieval and Norman castles and their archaeological excavations with excellent scale models of both. Two rooms are devoted to the Workhouse and the Cambrian Railway. A small room in the museum has been restored to demonstrate the various methods of construction in this half timbered building.
Situated in Arthur Street near to the Town Hall, the Old Bell is an independent museum and was officially awarded"Accreditation" status by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) on 26th February 2009.
GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL VISITS
Group visits to the museum are most welcome. These can also be arranged outside the normal opening times by prior arrangement. Access to the museum is also available to individuals outside of normal opening times by prior arrangement.
Contact: Curator 01686 668313 or Secretary 01686 668773
Montgomery Civic Society members conduct guided tours of the town and museum by prior arrangement. Charge: 50p per person. Contact telephone numbers as above.
A gallery with kitchen facilities is available for hire for exhibitions, workshops, lectures and meetings. Space is 170 sq.ft. Seats up to 25 for meetings. For details of conditions and booking forms contact: Nick Ashby: Telephone 01686 669923.