‘Crime and Punishment’ town tours start on 7th July

Taunton’s criminal history is the theme for a new season of historic walking tours being offered by the museum.

People will be able to learn about the history of crime and punishment in Taunton and discover some for the remarkable stories connected with sites and buildings in the county town.

The tours will start at the museum, the site of the Bloody Assizes which followed the Monmouth Rebellion. Other places of interest include Wilton Gaol and the ‘Nook’, a lock-up built to house petty criminals.

The tours are being led by museum volunteers who have carried out extensive research at the Somerset Heritage Centre using historic documents and local newspapers.

Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust, said, ‘Criminal history provides us with a glimpse into the lives of people who wouldn’t otherwise have entered the historical record. These tours will highlight Taunton’s rich – and sometimes chilling – history and will be a great addition to the Museum of Somerset’s summer programme’.

The tours will last about an hour and a half, and cover a little over a mile.

Tours will take place every Tuesday at 2pm and every Saturday at 11am in August and September and cost £3 per person.

To book a place or for more information please call the museum on 01823 255088.