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books-1245690_960_720The Frome Heritage Museum Library is open to the public, by appointment, and contains a mesmerising collection of history, from the historic inns of Frome to ancient maps of the town and surrounding villages.

We can help you, through our archives, to trace your ancestors in Frome, or help students discover the streets and architectural treasures of the town (of which there are many!). To arrange to come and research any and all aspects of Frome and surrounds, drop us an email on, or call 01373 454611. Ask us a question and our researchers will endeavour to answer it. Donations welcome (however small) because our staff work for you voluntarily.


Our exhibition, An Historic Hyaena den near Frome, in diorama, has opened and will run through until NOVEMBER! Hoping to see lots of interested viewers during the coming weeks as our summer season winds down. The pictures show a sneak preview, but there’s plenty more to see, so we look forward to hosting you! (Scroll down for opening hours).


A volcanic bomb found in Somerset will be on display in our Cabinet of Curiosities as one of the treasures collected by members of East Mendip Wildlife Watch Group, during September 2016.volcano-149321_960_720

The Group involves young people in fun activities to help them learn more about how to improve the environment for plants and animals. A number of the group are obviously keen collectors and its delightful to see a range of natural objects on display including fossils, shells and skulls. You can also see an exquisite birds nest made by Long tailed tits that is made from moss and lichen and held together by spider silk.

 Simon Carpenter, volunteer curator at Frome Museum, says: “The East Mendip Wildlife Watch Group is a fantastic club for young people interested in natural history, rocks and fossils. They meet on the second Saturday of the month, 10am-12 noon, at the Somerset Earth Science Centre near Stoke St Michael or at a local nature reserve. They look at all sorts of natural history; fungi, birds, fossils, reptiles, flowers, insects and lots more!  If you would like to join in please phone 01749 840156 or email”.

Frome Museum’s Cabinet of Curiosity is open to all and was purchased with substantial help from an anonymous  donor together with a contribution from a 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


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.