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Frome Art & Industrial Exhibition

Museum Poster Exhibition sheds light on 19th Century Frome

A fascinating exhibition of Frome posters produced between 1798 and 1909.   These posters, most of them originals, provide a wonderful insight into the lives of Frome residents during that turbulent period: their concerns, dreams, ambitions and fears. To complement the exhibition, Trustee Barry Edwards has produced a booklet of commentaries that will enable visitors to enter more easily into the stories that lie behind these posters.

Pride of place will go to a huge advert for the 1866 Art and Industrial Exhibition in Frome which showcased all the artistic, mechanical and design initiatives that were needed locally as Frome transformed itself from a town heavily reliant on the wool and cloth trade into an industrial centre focussing on metalwork and printing.

There will be 20 posters on display and each one tells a story, whether of the work-house, law and order, elections, holidays and many more. The booklet, which can be borrowed or bought by visitors for £1, guides us through these stories and encourages us to ponder the lives of our Victorian ancestors and reflect on whether these lives were better or worse than our own.

The exhibition can be viewed in the lower gallery of the museum.

Also on display is the recently donated Garston Veterinary Museum, much of which had been collected by Michael Thorpe.   Frome Museum Trustee, Lorraine Johnson, has written a book ‘Pioneers in Practice: the Vets of Garston House’ on the history of  the Garston Veterinary Practice which is now available.

We are open every week Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 2pm, Saturday 11th November 2018.  We will also be open from 10am – 3pm on Independent Market Sundays, first Sunday in month April to December 2018.

Garston Vet Museum

Frome Heritage Museum welcomes school and other group visits, throughout the year.  However, to avoid disappointment and make the most of your visit we must ask you to contact us in advance by phone (+44 (0)1373 454611) or e-mail

  • Frome Heritage Museum is located in the centre of the town in our hisOpening sign editedtoric listed
    building built for the Frome Literary and Scientific Institution.
  • We have fascinating collections of local, regional or even national importance.  The two galleries (entered off North Parade) have regularly changing exhibitions and displays of a wide range of local history.
  • There is a shop

The Library/Archive is open to researchers by appointment throughout the year.   Researchers are asked to email,  telephone or write to arrange an appointment and also give brief details of their research. This will allow our volunteers to locate relevant documents and photographs in advance of your visit.  In line with policy at most archives today charges are levied for photocopies and other services.  Details are available on request.

The Museum and Library is run entirely by volunteers and we receive no support from the local authorities. Please help to keep admission free by making a donation – £2 is suggested – which can be enhanced if you sign a Gift Aid Declaration.

We are very grateful for donations of material which relate to the history of Frome and the surrounding parishes but please contact us in advance so appropriate arrangements can be made for your visit.