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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.”


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

Selwood Exhibition poster

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 historic listed Opening sign editedbuilding 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.