Frome Museum has closed for general visits but you’ll find us willing to welcome visitors on the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December 2017 when the Christmas Independent Market is held. This will give visitors another opportunity to see our Money Matter’s exhibition. Also on display will be a selection of items from the recently acquired Gaston Veterinary Museum.
We will re open in March 2018, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 2pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Money Matters: Money and Trade Over Time
This exhibition which has been staged by the Museum’s Curator of Money and Medals, Dr David Robinson, covers Money in a variety of forms, tokens from Frome and elsewhere that were circulated when the national currency was in short supply plus other artefacts relating to trade. This last category includes two beautifully kept ledgers from Allards the Saddlers in Christchurch Street West. There are also scales of various sorts – have you ever wondered for example how paper is weighed?
Many younger visitors will never have encountered our pre-decimal currency of pounds, shillings and pence. To help them with this there is for example a shove-halfpenny board (a game played in public houses) and a display of 240 George V pennies (one pound in old money but not less than a kilo in weight).
The exhibition explores the concept of other kinds of money including “Monopoly Money”, “Stage Money”, “Chocolate Money” and sea shells.
Hoards of money are not forgotten and two small collections of coins from Frome and Beckington are displayed. Also come to see a fine example of the largest copper coin ever minted in the UK – a George III two pence of 1797 and Maundy money.
- Frome Heritage Museum is located in the centre of the town in our historic 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.