Somerset Day

To celebrate Somerset Day on Wednesday 11 May the South West Heritage Trust is holding two special events

Exhibition: Somerset Archive Treasures from Devon at St James Church

Church Tower-web

 A treasure of the museum: Leather model of St James’s church tower made by William Weston of Taunton in 1855

Somerset and Devon Archives and Local Studies preserve and make available a fascinating collection of records and published works relating to the rich and varied past of both counties.

To celebrate Somerset Day the Trust will be staging an exhibition of archival treasures which relate to Somerset but which are usually kept in Devon.

It follows a very successful exhibition of material relating to Devon held in Somerset, which took place at Exeter Guildhall last year.

Among the items to view are:

  • A document relating to Bawdrip church from around 1200
  • An inventory of the goods and rooms at the White Hart Inn in Taunton in 1653
  • A survey of the Manor of Alford near Castle Cary from 1660
  • A map of land in Ashwick near Shepton Mallet dating from 1760
  • A range of 19th century artists’ impressions, including pencil sketches and paintings of Orchard Wyndham House; Montacute House; Dunster Castle; and the churches of St James and St.Mary Magdalene in Taunton

Venue: St. James Church, Taunton

Time: 10am-4pm

Cost: Free entry, just drop-in

Talk: Treasures of the Museum of Somerset

A talk by Steve Minnitt South West Heritage Trust Head of Museums

Discover the stories behind some of the remarkable objects on display in the museum  including how the death of a sheep in 1938 led to the discovery of one of Britain’s most important Roman mosaics; the remarkable life that lies behind the portrait of William Kingston; the animal bones that were once thought to be evidence for the Biblical Flood;


The Roman Low Ham Mosaic in the Great Hall

and how some things are not always what they seem.

Venue: The Museum of Somerset

Time: 2.30pm

Cost: £5, booking required

The South West Heritage Trust

The Museum of Somerset and Somerset and Devon Archives and Local Studies are part of the South West Heritage Trust. The Trust is an independent charity committed to protecting and celebrating Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage.

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Somerset Archives and Local Studies

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