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IMG_7678Martin Wade, professional photographer and collector,  has claimed the Cabinet of Curiosity at Frome Museum for the month of August.  

His fabulous collection of animal and bird bones is not for the faint-hearted.  They represent just a small part of a much larger collection of natural history objects kept by Martin, many of them included in his photographic compositions.

Simon Carpenter, volunteer curator at Frome Museum, says:

“Martin has put together a really fascinating collection of natural objects for the Cabinet of Curiosity. He seems to have the knack of finding the strangest and most interesting objects on his travels. Many are displayed just as they were found.  My favourite is the pigeon, found by Martin in a chimney. Here, in dry conditions, its body had slowly mummified preserving an intact skeleton, skin with feather quills still attached. Bird skeletons are incredibly delicate structures and are rarely preserved naturally in this way. It provides a wonderful lesson on bird anatomy and structure.  This is just one of Martins incredible oddities and curiosities – so don’t miss this one and others at Frome Museum during the month of August”.

Frome Museum offers members of the public who collect natural sciences objects (including bones, fossils, minerals and archaeology) the opportunity to display their treasures for one month in the museum.  The museum will provide an attractive and secure space and help with labels. If people are interested, they can leave their contact details at the museum in person or contact the museum by phone on 01373 454611. 

Frome Museum’s Cabinet of Curiosity was purchased with a generous Community Grant from Frome Town Council.

For more information about the Cabinet of Curiosity display, please contact:Simon Carpenter, volunteer curator, Frome Museum Tel no: 01373 454611


coinsCoin Identification Day Sunday 7 August

As most people realise Frome Museum now opens on most Independent Sunday Market days. During the next market, on August 7th, Dr David Robinson, Frome Museum volunteer curator, invites people to come along with any coins that they wish to have identified.

Says David:

“Coins find their way into people’s possession in all sorts of ways; for example, they might find, inherit or purchase them. The coins might be very old or quite new and may come from far flung places across the world.  They might not even prove to be a coin at all!

I have found over the years that most individuals have British coins that have their origins in pre-decimal days and whilst many of them are of little value, there is always the chance that you have the exception to this rule in your possession. For example I have recently seen a British Copper company token of 1812 that has a nominal value of 1d (less than the long discontinued new halfpenny) which is actually worth about £50. There are numerous examples of this that I could quote, but one thing is for sure – if you don’t come along then you’ll never find out.

I shall be in the Museum from 11.00am until 2.00pm– or possibly later if I’m having a busy day so why not come along and I’ll do my best to provide assistance.”


Rock up at the Frome Museum at 10am on Saturday, 17 September for a fun family day withMendip-Rocks-2016-Icon a difference – hands on activities to launch Mendip Rocks 2016.

Volunteers from Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be on hand for the launch of their Mendip Rocks 2016 festival designed to reveal the geological wonders of our natural heritage. 

Click here for full details of MENDIP ROCKS 2016!

A highlight of this unique event will be guided walking tours of Frome’s hidden geology, tunnels and bridges at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm. Not for under 10’s, wellies essential!

Book at the Museum for the tours – £5 adults/£2 children. Max 15 per tour so make sure you book early!



There is still time to catch this fascinating exhibition so don’t delay! Visit the Museum today!


Frome Heritage Museum welcomes school and other group visits.  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 exhibition and displays of a wide range of local history.
  • There is a shop

The Library/Archive is open to researchers by appointment only – with Tuesday being the regular opening day.   To avoid disappointment researchers are urged 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.