Half-Term Fun at The Museum of Somerset

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There’s lots for to do for all ages at the museum this Spring half-term, with activities and trails inspired by our Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories exhibition.

From Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 May we are running Puppet Animals Family Fun inspired by the stage production of Michael’s War Horse. Create a play with shadow puppets and make your own hand puppets and marionettes, all for just £1. No need to book, just drop-in between 11:00-13:00 or 14:00-15:30.

There is a choice of trails to take you round the museum, including our popular Selfie Trail (remember to bring a camera). Or you can try our Morgurgo inspired Choose Your Own Adventure Trail, and see where your imagination takes you as you explore the museum. All trails are just £1.

The Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories exhibition is open throughout the holidays. Alongside original manuscripts, photographs and illustrations, is a replica of Michael’s own creative caravan to help you imagine, daydream and write story ideas. There is a charge of £2.50 for the exhibition (£2.75 inc. Gift Aid). Under eights are free.


Walking Tours 2018: Taunton Then & Now

Inspired by our exhibition ‘The World Before Yesterday: The Photography of Stanley Kenyon’, Taunton: Then & Now is a brand new walking tour of Somerset’s county town.

The tour offers the chance to visit some of the thousands of sites Kenyon photographed in the mid- twentieth century, to see how they have changed in the intervening decades and learn something of their history. Much of Kenyon’s work depicts Taunton people, places and communities at a time of rapid change and the tour will visit both well-known buildings and lesser known industrial and commercial sites

Do you remember which store dominated East Street before Primark came to town or when Wimpy introduced Taunton to the hamburger? Did you know that Buffalo Bill brought his Wild West Show to town or that the founder of the international YMCA was the son of a Somerset farmer? Join a tour to hear all these stories and more.

Tours depart from the museum every Saturday at 11am throughout the summer, starting on 19 May. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Advanced booking is advised; to reserve your place, call the museum on 01823 255088.

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‘Brunel Through a Lens’ Talk on 26th June at 2.30pm

We are delighted to be hosting a Cafe 200 event with the Institution of civil Engineers.

Rose Teanby will be presenting a talk about Brunel’s use of early photography, his creations appearing in early photographs and explaining why he was one of the first engineers to adopt photography.

A selection of rare images will be displayed.  The collection will include the first photographic image of work in progress dating from 1841.  The audience will have the opportunity to discuss these photographs and view some stereoscopic images using an antique viewer.  A civil engineer will also be available to answer questions relating to the details of construction.

Photographers include Robert Howlett, William Henry Fox Talbot, John Dillwyn Llewellyn, Joseph Cundall and Henry Delamotte.

Rose Teanby is a photo historian with a great interest in the photography of civil engineering.  She is the biographer of Robert Howlett and has lectured about his iconic portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

This event is part of the Café 200 programme of events taking place across the UK to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Tickets are only £3 and must be booked in advance and are available from the museum on 01823 255088 or on-line from http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/the museum of somerset