Red House Museum and Gardens // Christchurch

Red House Museum
Saxon grave goods

Housed in a former Georgian workhouse the museum now features collections including local history, costume, geology, natural history and archaeology

This charming Georgian building in Christchurch was originally built as a workhouse in 1764 but is now filled with a variety of displays and artefacts with a focus on local history. The Red House Museum and Gardens is also a winner of the Interpret Britain Award.

The Red House has a fascinating connection to Charlotte Bronte who often visited as it was home to a close friend of the writer and it is also featured in her novel "Shirley".

Each room lets you step back into the charm of a bygone age. Some show the harsh reality of the workhouse, while other rooms include a stone flagged kitchen and elegant parlour.

Moving into the 20th century there are collections that relive various eras from this period including the street parties, Teddy Boys and much more local history. The Red House Museum has a varied temporary exhibitions programme including local arts and crafts and major shows.

The gardens are home to many historic plants and flowers, and there is also is a walled herb garden and woodland walk.

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