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We have closed for the winter and will reopen in early March 2017.  We do, however,  welcome visits by appointment during the winter, especially from school groups. For contact details see below.


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.”

2017 is looking bright!


xmas-lunch-2016-01Museum volunteers were treated to a fun festive luncheon at the Woolpack Inn, Beckington, to wrap up a wonderful year … and usher in a new one with plenty of promise in store!


Famous faces of Frome!

We’re calling back the past with some famous faces from our town to keep you entertained while the winter winds blow …. can you answer the following questions?

  1. Jenson Button, Frome’s famed Formula 1 racing champion, performed “donuts” in his racing car at the Christmas Lights Switch on in which year?
  2. Which King of England died in Frome on 23 November 955?
  3. Which film director, screenwriter, and cinematographer, who won an Oscar for Great Expectations for Cinematography, was born at 4 Portway in Frome in 1913.
  4. Who was the engineer who built the Forth Bridge, born in Frome in 1840?
  5. James Bond! Miss Moneypenny in the films between 1962 and 1985 lived in Frome subsequently from 1994 to 2001. Who was she?

(Answers below)


  1. Jenson thrilled the crowds in Frome on 29 November, 2013.
  2. Eadred (also known as Edred) died at the age of 32 on 23 November 955 in Frome, and was buried in the Old Minster at Winchester. He died a bachelor, and was succeeded by Edmund’s son Eadwig.
  3. Guy Mervin Charles Green OBE BSC (5 November 1913 – 15 September 2005) was an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer. In 1946 he won an Academy Award as cinematographer for the film Great Expectations. In 2002 Green received a BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award . He died aged 91 in his home in Beverley Hills, California.
  4. Sir Benjamin Baker KCB KCMG FRS FRSE (31 March 1840 – 19 May 1907) helped develop the early underground railways in London with Sir John Fowler, but is best known for his work on the Forth Bridge. Later, he helped design and build the first Aswan dam. He died at Pangbourne, Berkshire and was buried in the village of Idbury in Oxfordshire.
  5. Lois Maxwell (14 February 1927 – 29 September 2007) a Canadian-born actress, took on the role of Miss Moneypenny in the first 14 James Bond films (1962–1985). The films in which she portrayed Miss Moneypenny were Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), and A View to a Kill (1985). In 1994 she came to the UK and retired to a cottage in Frome, to be close to her daughter Daphne. After surgery for bowel cancer in 2001 she moved to Perth, Australia, to live with her son Christian’s family. She remained there until her death at Fremantle Hospital on 29 September 2007. (Thanks to Wikipedia for this information).



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 during the winter strictly 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.