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1918 – Readjusting to Peace

From Tuesday 28th August until Saturday 17th November we will be commemorating the end of World War 1.  We are hosting an exhibition looking  into the effects of the First World War on the local population before and after the armistice. 

Few families remained untouched by the war and many struggled to get by, often enduring heart-breaking losses and unimaginable grief.  We study how those men who were fortunate enough to return coped with the physical and mental effects during their time away at war and how this affected their return to civilian life.  The impact of the war also severely impacted on the female population and the work forces who had to cope with harrowing sights during the extended hostilities. Nurses now faced the prospect of going back to domestic life from the comparative  freedom of paid employment.   Lloyd George may well have spoken of “Britain a country fit for heroes to live in” but for many it was quite the opposite as Spanish flu ravaged the population almost as destructively as the war had done.

Discover what the end of the war meant to the population of Frome: how the people of Frome had helped feed the population, kept the businesses and factories running: and the servicemen dispatched overseas.  

Step back in time with a series of dioramas and a display of original artefacts including medals, uniforms, photographs and personal belongings.

Find out about the lives of some of our local men and women, and come face to face with the extraordinary people of Frome.

WW1 Hospital

Also on display is the recently donated Garston Veterinary Museum, much of which had been collected by Michael Thorpe.   Frome Museum Trustee, Lorraine Johnson, has written a book ‘Pioneers in Practice: the Vets of Garston House’ on the history of  the Garston Veterinary Practice which is now available.

Saturday 20th October 2018 at 4pm and 7pm

Common Salt is a performance around a table – a ‘show and tell’. It explores the colonial, geographical history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel, from the first Enclosure Act and the start of the East India Company in the 1600s to 21st century narratives of trade, race and culture.

Sheila Ghelani and Sue Palmer activate insights into our shared past, laying out a ‘home museum’ of objects and stories; of the Great Hedge of India, of borders, and collections – all accompanied by original Shruti box laments.

Common Salt is a reckoning; the interconnectedness between history and global power, artefacts and trade, race and memory is hidden in plain sight.

Tickets are on sale online and at Frome Museum.

We are open every week Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 2pm, until Saturday 17th November 2018.  We will also be open from 10am – 3pm on Independent Market Sundays, first Sunday in month April to December 2018.

Garston Vet Museum

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 exhibitions and displays of a wide range of local history.
  • There is a shop

The Library/Archive is open to researchers by appointment throughout the year.   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.