September Cabinet of Curiosities


A series of fascinating displays are planned by Frome Museum to celebrate local collectors and collecting.

A different collector is featured each month alongside examples of objects from their own collection.  The collectors will also provide a narrative that describes their choice of objects and why it is important to them.  These displays are in additional to Frome Museum’s existing programme of exhibitions.

The latest Cabinet of Curiosity display hosts the treasures of Erin Green, aged 9.  Erin has been interested in nature since she was a toddler and is an avid collector.  The objects she has chosen to display include many items found close to Frome but there are also some fascinating treasures found during trips to the coast.   Erin’s curios will be displayed until the end of September.

Simon Carpenter, volunteer curator, says “I’m delighted by the latest Cabinet of Curiosity and heartened to see a young person so interested in the natural world. I’m very keen to encourage more young people to display their treasures at the museum and would like to appeal to local schools to get in touch if they have individual children or classes who would be willing to show their collections at Frome Museum for a month.  If you have a natural sciences collection, or you know someone who does, please contact us”.

The theme of the displays will be the natural world with particular emphasis given to rocks and fossils, archaeology and nature.

People collect things for lots of different reasons, sometimes for an academic interest, but for others the motivation to collect may be less intellectual.

They may just like the shape or colour of an object or the way it feels in the hand.  Some people amass vast collections while others are content with a scattering of objects on the window-sill or mantelpiece.  And for some, the interest in collecting started at a young age often encouraged by parents, friends and visits to their local museum.

The displays at Frome Museum will reflect this collection diversity and tease out some of the stories behind the collections and the people who collected them.


Erin photographed on a recent visit to Frome Museum with her mother.