The Cottage Museum is a joy to explore and packed with intriguing stories and displays about Woodhall Spa, the local area and the Wield family, who lived in the building from 1887 until the 1960's. The museum building itself is an important museum exhibit. It is a rare surviving example of a bungalow constructed of corrugated iron on a wooden frame that was erected in the late nineteenth century. John Wield (1877-1965) was a keen photographer and his photographic collection is the basis of the museum. The collection of images is a unique and valuable record of life in Woodhall Spa and includes images of both people and the local area.


Past and Present – Houses and Homes

A new temporary exhibition is now on display until the 7th June. View amazing photographs of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in Woodhall Spa and compare them with images of the present day. See how much you think the townscape has changed or is still recognisable.


Workshops for schools

Two Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 cross-curricular workshops can be booked by schools. 'Toys and Games – Past and Present' will use a selection of photographic images from the Collection to help pupils learn about the Wield family who lived in the bungalow in Victorian and Edwardian times. Pupils will be able to play some period games, dress as a Victorian, listen to stories about the donkeys at the museum and make a simple toy or game.


Photographs from the collection will be used in the Shopping Past and Present workshop to help pupils discover the shopping experience in times gone by. The workshop will include dressing in Victorian costume, visiting the shop and using pre-decimal currency, plus weighing activities and investigating packaging and brand names.


To find out more about school visits please visit the schools section of the venue website.


Group visits – welcome all year round!

Group visits to the museum are welcome all year round. Guided tours of the museum can be arranged in addition to talks on specific themes. If you are interested in bringing a group, or finding out what is available, please do contact the museum to discuss your requirements.


Visitor information

Opening hours

Open Daily 10.30am to 4.30pm Open Easter to end of October.


Admission charges

Adults £2.50 Concessions £2.00 and accompanied Children under 16 years FREE


Disabled access

A wheelchair is available for use by visitors and there is a disabled toilet on site.


Car parking

Visitors may be able to find a space in Iddesleigh Road close to the museum or possibly in the Broadway. If not there are car parks marked on the map with small blue/white icons.


The Cottage Museum

Iddesleigh Road

Woodhall Spa

LN10 6SH


Museum Office: 01526 352456



Tourist Information located in the Cottage Museum Telephone:01526 353775

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  • Open daily 10.30am to 4.30pm                                         Open Easter to end
    of October.


Admission charges
Adults £2.50
concessions £2.00 and accompanied children under 16 years FREE