South West Heritage Trust

SWHT is a char­i­ty that includes The Muse­um of Som­er­set, Som­er­set Rur­al Life Muse­um, Som­er­set Archives and Local Stud­ies and Devon Archives.

South West Heritage Trust is an independent charity for Somerset, Devon and the South West. We want to celebrate and protect our rich heritage, helping everyone to enjoy it now and in the future. Operating across six main sites, we deliver a wide range of heritage experiences for people of all ages. We run the widely-praised Museum of Somerset in Taunton, Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury and the Brick and Tile Museum in Bridgwater. We hold the major written evidence for the history of Somerset and Devon. Our Archive and Local Studies Services have centres in Taunton, Exeter and Barnstaple where we care for 10 million archives dating from the 8th century to the present day. Our Historic Environment and Estates Service supports local authorities, partners and the public by offering planning-related advice and information on Somerset’s archaeology and built heritage. The service is also responsible for over 400 acres of historic landscapes including Cothelstone Hill in the Quantock Hills and Deer Leap and Blackmoor Reserve in the Mendip Hills.