Curious, More Curious and Most Curious
As part of the British Festival of Archaeology, we are hosting a Finds and Artefacts Day on Saturday, July 29. Please bring any items you have found or dug up and would identified or learn more about. Experts will include
Laura Burnett – Finds Liaison Officer (Somerset). Laura is particularly interested to see and record antique things people have found in their gardens, fields or other sites in and around Frome.
David Robinson – Coins and Medals. Most of us have old coins rattling around the house – now’s your chance to bring them out and find out their provenance! 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!
Frome Museum will be open from 10am to 3pm with all our experts available from noon until we close. Please dust off those special finds you have! We’re agog to see what is revealed.
Also Dave Crisp (the metal detectorist who found the Frome Hoard in 2010) has accepted an invitation to show us his own exhibition of his amazing find, and give a short talk. Come along and meet the man who put Frome on the archaeological map! Click here to find out all about the Frome Hoard.
THE COLLECTION OF A LIFETIME
The Museum’s Head of Trustees, Dr Emma Jane Robinson, has filled our Cabinet of Curiosities with a remarkable collection of artefacts that date back to her early days, when she was first moved by archaeological interests to scour Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.
Emma, born in Salisbury, has added to her collection over the years … and was fortunate (and observant enough!) to find many treasures more recently in her garden in Beckington.
This just goes to show, treasures of intrinsic value lie hidden everywhere in Frome and beyond!
THE MUSEUM … UNWRAPPED
Frome Museum holds many exhibits stored away … we’re bringing some of them into the light! A new exhibition 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 continues until Thursday 31 August. Frome museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 2pm from March to mid-November, and you’ll find us willing to welcome visitors on Independent Market Sundays.
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.