Red Lodge Museum, Bristol

Red Lodge Museum, Bristol

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Red Lodge Museum, Bristol

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The Red Lodge Museum () is an historic building in Bristol, England.

It is open to the public is a branch of Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.


It was built in 1580 for John Yonge as a lodge for a Great House, which once stood on the site of the present Colston Hall. It was subsequently added to in Georgian times. It was altered around 1730, and restored in the early 20th century by CFW Dening. It is a grade I listed building.

James Cowles Prichard wrote The Natural History of Man while living at The Red Lodge from 1827.

It has had several uses in its past, including the country's first girls' reform school. This was set up in 1854 by Mary Carpenter, with the financial help of the poet Lord Byron's widow,

The site is also the home of the Bristol Savages, who met in a barn-like wigwam, by C.F.W. Dening c.1920a. The Bristol Savages were a society of artists whose history dates back to the late Victorian era, when the concept of the "noble savage" was seen as something to aspire to; Native American culture still plays a large part in its traditions.


The seven rooms tell the history of the house. The Tudor period is represented by the Great and Small Oak rooms and a bedroom. The print room, parlour and reception room are from the Georgian era, and the Exhibition Room contains a small display on the Red...
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