Pubs and Inns of Malmesbury

An exhibition on the Mezzanine floor of the museum created by the Malmesbury and District U3A Local History Society.

Malmesbury has been no stranger to brewing and drinking, from the time of the monks and the abbey, through the brewers, maltsters and beer shops, to inns, hotels and pubs. The numbers have varied over the centuries with seven licences to sell ale in 1592, twelve alehouse-keepers in 1620, twenty four in 1875, falling to twelve in 1927.

Come to the museum and enjoy this excellent display describing thirty-four Pubs and Inns

Athelstan Museum Forthcoming Events in the newly renovated Moravian Church 'The Julia and Hans Rausing Building'.


Monthly Lacemaking Workshop - see below

Friday 7th June - 'Great Clattinger' presented by the Yirdbards. The story of Clattinger Farm, Oaksey in music and spoken word.

For details use this link: 'Great Clattinger'.

Sunday 30th June - The Bird Show. A Flap-Tastic Family Comedy by The Last Baguette.

Doors open: 2.00pm. Show Starts: 2.30pm. Tickets: £8.00. Refreshments/Bar available. Entrance on Oxford Street.

For details use this link: 'Bird Show'.

Friday 5th July - The Ninebarrow Folk Duo

For details use this link: 'Ninebarrow'.


Tickets for these events can be booked in the museum or via our Eventbrite site:



Guided Walks Around Malmesbury – 2019 Programme


Monday 27th May 2:30pm (St Aldhelm’s Fayre) - Who was St Aldhelm and what did he and the West Saxon’s do for Malmesbury?

Tickets now available.

Sunday 9th June 2:00pm (time tbc) - Fire! Fire! Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ‘new’ Fire Station and the history of the Fire Service in Malmesbury.

Sunday 7th July 2:00pm - Women of Malmesbury: Stories of Malmesbury’s influential women told at the places where they made history!

Wednesday 17th July 7:00pm - The Malmesbury Pub Crawl; Tracing the story of Malmesbury’s pubs, hotels, beer shops and breweries…Hic! Finishing at the (in)famous Old White Lion, where suitable refreshments will be available.

Saturday 27th July 2:00pm - Malmesbury’s Best Stories - Children’s Activity Walk

Tuesday 13th August 7:00pm - The Jackdaw View of Malmesbury: Some of the history of Malmesbury that doesn’t make the text books – with a focus on Malmesbury’s historic place as ‘the rottenest borough in England’. Finishing at the (in)famous Old White Lion, where suitable refreshments will be available.

Sunday 1st September 10:30am (Carnival Walk) - A Guided Walk into Malmesbury’s past with some fun for all the family.

Sunday 20th October 10:00am - Wessex Week Walk – Women of Malmesbury: Back by popular demand but new women and more influence!

Saturday 26th October - 4:15 pm and 4:45pm: Malmesbury’s Famous Halloween Walks! If you dare…

Sunday 27th October 10:00am - Wessex Week Walk – Malmesbury Through the Eyes of Visitors. Some surprising views …

2019 Pricing: £6.00 Adults, £3.00 Children. (£5.00 Adults for members of Malmesbury Civic Trust or Athelstan Museum). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets for these events will be available a few weeks before each walk and can then be booked in the museum or via our Eventbrite site:



Lacemaking and other Workshops in the Julia and Hans Rousing Building - Have a Go!

Lace Days

Children and adults are welcome to try their hand at making Bobbin Lace with experienced lacemakers, Gill and Janet on the following days in 2019:

Wednesday 20th February, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Wednesday 17th April, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Thursday 30th May, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Wednesday 31st July, 2.00.pm - 4.00pm

Monday 19th August, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Monday 28th October 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Other Workshops

Wednesday 29th May, 10.30am - 12.30pm - Pub Signs: Children can choose one of the old pubs and design a sign. All work will initially be on display in the museum alongside the exhibition.

Wednesday 28th August 10.30am - 1.30pm - Carnival Workshop: Children can make their own costumes so that they can join in the Museum Carnival procession on 31st August.

All equipment provided. Donations welcome

Armistice Remembrance Tabletenglish_compact_cmyk

In the remembrance of the World War I Armistice, a new interactive display is now available in the museum. View the stories of several of the soldiers who died during the war. Explore the memorial in town commemorating their sacrifice and learn about the hospitals rapidly set up to deal with the casualties of war in Malmesbury. Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund and with the support of the Malmesbury Civic Trust.