The Methodist Church in West Bay (the Chapel on the Beach) which has been closed for a number of years, is in the process of conversion to a Visitor/Interpretation Centre and opened for 250 hours during August and September.
The Methodists stopped using the building in 2006, and no other religious denomination could be found to continue its use as a place of worship. The building is now owned by the Bridport Area Development Trust, a volunteer-run community organisation committed to restoring historic buildings and bringing them back into use.
Since the closure of the Harbour Museum at the Salt House, West Bay has lacked information/interpretation about the history and development of the resort and the unique environment of Lyme Bay. The new Centre at the Methodist Church will fill this gap with permanent displays and temporary exhibitions on a range of subjects. Although most of the pews have been removed, many of the attractive features of the Church have been retained.
In addition to the main interpretation, which includes some great photographs, there are temporary displays provided by the Bridport Museum Trust and the MARINElife charity. The Trust would particularly like to hear from people with information, memories, photographs and other material about West Bay.