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its-behind-youWhat an exciting year, Frome Museum opened it’s doors open for the season on March 4!   

First on the programme is a show of the history of the Frome Musical Theatre Company (see details below), which will be followed in May by an intriguing exhibition entitled “Unwrapped and in the Spotlight”.

This will be put together by Simon Carpenter, who describes it as “A celebration of some of the rarely seen objects from the natural sciences collections of the Museum”. This fascinating exhibition (details of which will be revealed here nearer the time) will run from May 23 through to August.

September will see us delve into Money Matters, with an exhibition exploring the history of coin usage and the economy pre-money.

See our Exhibitions page  for details of what’s on and coming up! 

Alongside the main exhibitions there will, of course, be our ever amazing Cabinet of Curiosities, as well as a few surprise unique mini-exhibitions to marvel at, not to mention our Permanent Collection. So make Frome Museum a regular stop on your visit to town. You never know what you might find! 



We’re raising the curtain on our first exhibition for 2017!

From March 4 the Museum is pleased to present the 110-year history of the Frome Musical Theatre Company, in all it’s glory!

Says John Hedges, who has co-ordinated the exhibition:

The first exhibition in 2017 will be a celebration of the history of the Frome Musical Theatre Company, known as the Frome Amateur Operatic Society for most of its existence.

FMTC/FAOS was founded in 1906 and from the very beginning they kept records about the shows. In consequence, 110 years later, the FMTC archive is a fairly unique collection that features thousands of Frome people from the early years of the 20th century until the present day.

The archive was passed to Frome Museum a couple of years ago.

It is probably one of the finest theatrical collections in the South West, and indeed, nationally.

The exhibition is called “It’s Behind You” and will open to the public from Saturday 4th March, 2017.


Our Branding Committee has completed its work and come up with a fresh, new look for the Museum! We have a new logo, suite of colours and strapline which we hope will fhm-logo-on-transparent-bg-with-straplinetake our venerable institution forward as a recognisable beacon of light burning in the heart of Frome!

A word from John Hedges, Museum IT volunteer, who chaired the branding committee:

“Frome Heritage Museum has created a new brand – three brand colours (golden sandstone representing Frome’s buildings, mid-blue representing the river and bronze representing metal working), a new logo featuring our iconic building, and a strapline “Gateway to Discovery”.   As soon as possible, the Museum management will incorporate the new brand on a new brochure, the web site, on social media and on redesigned headed notepaper.”


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

  • 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.   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.