The Becket Casket


On loan from the V & A: On display until April 2

A jewelled and enamelled casket depicting medieval England’s most infamous murder is going on display at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. The Becket Casket, made in about 1180, held relics of St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury.

The precious object is being loaned by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (V&A) and will be displayed at the Museum of Somerset from Saturday 30 January to Saturday 2 April. Read more

Special Event:  Book now for our first Becket Casket event, a talk by Professor Nicholas Vincent titled ‘Becket’s Murder: The Somerset Connection’ on 3 February. 

First Exhibition of 2016

Hidden objects from the museum stores are vividly re-imagined in film, photography, sculpture, textiles and poetry for the ‘New Dimensions’ exhibition which opens on Saturday 16 January 2016.

The exhibition features work by six local artists: Jenny Graham, Chris Dunseath, Jacy Wall, Laura Aish, Ralph Hoyte and Richard Tomlinson. Read more.


February Half Term

There’s plenty on ofCastle day posterfer at the Museum of Somerset this half term, for parents and children.

On Sunday 14 February, inspired by our very special historic building, we will be holding Castle’s Day.

Throughout the half term week there will also be fun and creative drop-in activities for children inspired by our New Dimensions exhibition.

Read more.