With over 200 listed buildings, Dunster is preserved so that generations to come can enjoy the historic qualities of this unique medieval village. Dunster has a wealth of historic buildings, from the National Trust’s 11th century Dunster Castle to the Old Yarn Market in the middle of the High Street, which was a focal point for the old Exmoor wool and cloth trade.
For those wishing to find out more information on the history of the village please click here to go to the Victoria County History website page on Dunster.
There are many old and interesting dolls to be seen, which come from many different periods, and many are in their original clothes. Old dolls can be compared with those from the second half of the 20th century to provide a fascinating contrast. There are Artists’ and Fashion Dolls, and a unique collection of 20 “Sasha” Dolls in 1913 period dress, and the Bristol Red Cross Dolls.
A prominent feature of the collection is the wide range of ethnic dolls illustrating the costumes of many lands and cultures. There are also dolls that will remind visitors of their childhood and nursery rhyme characters. Novelties, such as tea cosy and dressing table dolls, advertising figures and dolls made from many unusual materials can also be seen.
Egyptian Burial Doll
16th Century Plague Doll
Just one of the many cases full of dolls that we have on show.
The Dunster Museum has a growing collection of objects and photographs relating to the village’s diverse history.
Civil War Cannon Ball and Musket Ball (left)
Iron Spearheads brought back from Africa (right)
Photographs of the village in the Second World War.
We also have a display on the Green Howards, which were raised at Dunster Castle during the Civil War. Click here to find out more.
Check out Channel 4’s Time Team’s ‘Dunster Dig’ below
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