THE MUSEUM … UNWRAPPED
Frome Museum holds many exhibits stored away … we’re bringing some of them into the light! A new exhibition, opening on May 23 to last through the summer, will reveal our hidden treasures alongside some new acquisitions.
The exhibition features around 50 objects, including a mammoth tooth, a bird nest made of 6000 pieces, a cannon-balled sized semi-precious crystal, and a two-thousand million year old fossilized microbial mat.
“Frome Museum has some fantastic and exciting gems in its collection that rarely see the light of day. This is our chance to get them out of the shadows,” says Simon Carpenter, volunteer curator who has curated the exhibition.
Whatever your age, there should be something of interest for you.
The exhibition opens Tuesday 23 May for three months. Frome museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 2pm from mid-March to mid-November, and you’ll find us willing to welcome visitors on Independent Market Sundays.
A NEW LOOK FOR AN OLD FROME FRIEND
During the Easter Weekend a gallant group of Museum volunteers removed the old J.W. Singer & Sons display cabinet and replaced it with a brand new illuminated cabinet … the purchase made possible by gift-aided donations.
The display in this new cabinet will be updated periodically to show off as many as possible of the Museum’s extensive collection of artefacts related to Singers – the famed metalworking factory founded in Frome in 1848.
For starters, however, the cabinet reveals the story of Leonard Stockting, one-time apprentice mould maker, whose work has left a visible legacy in the form of – for example – the intricate leaves on the plaque of the Memorial Hall.
Pop in and take a walk down memory lane next time you are in town!
To show what a hit our previous “It’s Behind You” theatrical exhibition, was with the youngsters, Museum visitor Jaruwan Bennett has shared with us pictures of the fun children Edward, Harrison and Alex had trying on some of the costumes and props that made up part of the display!
A NIGHT WITH THE STARS
The illuminati of Frome’s theatrical community gathered together with Museum chiefs and volunteers on Friday, March 31, for the grand opening of “It’s Behind You” – an exhibition celebrating the long, glorious 110-year history of the Frome Musical Theatre Company.
The exhibition has been curated by John Hedges, who has temporarily swopped his hat as volunteer Information Systems consultant for the Museum, to take centre stage in this year’s exhibitions. Everyone at the opening event agreed – this is a show to be remembered!
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.
- 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 exhibition and displays of a wide range of local history.
- There is a shop
The Library/Archive is open to researchers by appointment. 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.