We are seeking funding for a project to restore the Dunster Goods Shed and Yard to its original form to create a living, working museum. Dunster station is a unique heritage site located about one mile from the picturesque medieval village of Dunster. The station was first opened in 1874 when the railway was extended from Watchet. The main building has been superbly restored and houses the original Railway ticket printing department. Being the local station to Dunster castle, all the buildings are finished in a grand style, including the adjacent Goods Shed and yard, which are all Grade II Listed.
The Goods Yard would be one of the only complete steam-era goods yards in the UK and would enable the Railway to teach the community and visitors about freight logistics in a bygone period. The project incorporates: the restoration of an historic building, highlighting the heritage and history of the Steam railway and its importance to the local area, embracing Britain's transport history and industrial heritage, and the creation of a living museum to attract and engage new audiences, including schools and colleges. We want to make heritage education central to this project and are committed to ensuring it is accessible and inclusive to all.
The outcomes will be far reaching and will include:
• A Grade II listed heritage site that will be better managed and kept in excellent condition enhancing both the original features of Dunster Station and creating a living museum which reflects our industrial transport and steam history;
• Our heritage will be better explained and will reach new audiences leading to more people being engaged with local history;
• The project will highlight a key time in the steam railways history and will serve to educate visitors and provide them with an enjoyable experience;
• To encourage volunteers to support the project and engage with local history ﴾we currently have 1,200 volunteers) and help promote community cohesion;
• To organise and engage with local schools and colleges, educating young people about transport and industrialisation, as well as Britain’s engineering history;
• To encourage more visitors to the site and in turn help boost the local rural economy.