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fm-cover-copy-page-001Frome Preserved: a Museum’s History published by the Museum and printed by Dean Press, to commemorate the Museum’s 50th Anniversary in 2016.

This book charts the history of the Museum from its foundation in 1966 to ifs fortieth anniversary in 2006.It gives a clear account of how  the Museum emerged from the Frome society to gain a separate identity which has involved occupying three separate locations at Church Steps, Wine Street and North Parade. It is based on the contemporaneous records of the Museum, the Society and the Literary and Scientific Institute, together with information provided by those who have been long term supporters of the Museum. David says:” This book concerns the relationships between many well known local characters and a Museum that is now very much at the heart of the community.”

Research was coordinated by Dr David Robinson, drawing heavily on the work of Tony Maslen.  £15 (£12 for friends of the Museum)

Frome in the Great War by localww1 author and historian David Lassman tells the story of the town throughout the conflict and the irrevocable changes experienced because of it.

David said: “Although the stories behind two Victoria Cross recipients are included, this book is ultimately about the unsung acts of bravery carried out every day by the men, women and children of Frome and the surrounding areas.”  £12.99

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The Historic Inns of Frome by Mick Davis & Valerie Pitt.

Frome is one of Somerset’s most historic towns, yet this is the first book devoted to its inns.  Starting at the long-lost Albion Inn on Cheap Street and ending at the elusive Wyredrawers Arms on Portway, the authors tell the story of over a hundred inns, alehouses, taverns, hotels and beerhouses, creating nothing less than an alternative history of the town.  For anyone interested in Frome,or in pubs, this fascinating book will be an indispensable and enjoyable guide to an unjustly neglected aspect of the Town’s history.   £10

We also stock a wide selection of local interest books published by the Frome Society for Local Study including:

‘Woad To This’ by Carolyn Griffiths

Woad press release

Carolyn Griffiths has spent more than four years researching the cloth and dye trades of Frome following the discovery of 18th century dye recipe books from Wallbridge and Welshmill held by the Bath Reference Library and The National Archives. The result is a book that spans the woad and cloth trade of Frome from a fulling mill lease of 1333 until the start of the industrial revolution.

This beautifully illustrated, 8 ½ x 11in book of 280 pages, would make a wonderful present for anyone interested in the town, the social and industrial history of the cloth trade, or textiles.

The Butler and Tanner Story by  Dr Lorraine Johnson

The Book of Frome by Michael McGarvie FSA

The Industries of Frome and The Buildings of Frome by Rodney Goodall

Frome Heritage Trail

To order Frome Society for Local Study publications online or by post please contact FSLS direct

http://www.fsls.org.uk/bookshop.html

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