Tag Archives: heritage

Future funding protects the past

Somerset County Council has renewed its commitment to the county’s heritage – agreeing to maintain its funding at current levels for the next five years. Despite the huge pressures on its budget, the Council will grant the South West Heritage Trust over £1.6m per year over the next five years – £8.1m in total. The […]

Celebrating South West Heritage Trust successes

Four months after the launch of one of the largest heritage trusts in the country, Somerset County Council and the South West Heritage Trust are celebrating some major achievements. Heritage services previously provided by Somerset and Devon County Councils are now delivered by the Trust. It is one of the largest organisations of it’s kind […]

Memorial for Mick at Museum of Somerset

The Museum of Somerset is hosting the first Mick Aston memorial lecture this week, in memory of the Time Team presenter who died last year. The lecture will be given by Professor Chris Dyer whose subject is “Who Made the Medieval Landscape?” The lecture takes place on Thursday 9 October at 7:30 pm. Professor Dyer […]

Hands on Heritage workshops

Aspiring craftsmen and women have the chance to learn ancient arts and crafts at a series of new ‘Hands on Heritage’ workshops at the Avalon Marshes Centre. On Thursday 9 October people can enjoy a natural dyeing workshop for just £10. Participants will use natural materials to make a range of different colours to dye […]

Significant heritage sites entrusted to South West Heritage Trust

Important historical sites across Somerset will be cared for by the Somerset Heritage Service, soon to become part of the South West Heritage Trust. Eight heritage sites owned by Somerset County Council will be leased to the newly-formed trust, who will take responsibility for managing the sites. The sites contain important archaeological remains ranging in […]

Living History First World War Day at the Museum of Somerset

Visitors to the Museum of Somerset in Taunton can travel back in time next weekend at a themed day dedicated to the First World War. On Sunday 21 September, from 10.00 am–5.00 pm, visitors can take part in a range of family-friendly activities including object handling and living history. The day is part of Somerset […]

Somerset people invited to share stories of the First World War

Somerset people are being invited to share stories of the First World War as part of the lottery-funded Somerset Remembers project. In the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, the project has launched an Online Community Archive where people can share the photographs, letters and stories which have been […]

Workshops launched on how to research the First World War

Are you researching an ancestor who served in the First World War? Do you want to know more about the contribution your community made to the war effort? During May the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton is offering two workshops on how to research the First World War. If you want to find out more […]

West Somerset Railway could be sold after decision by Somerset County Council

The freehold of West Somerset Railway could be sold after a decision by Somerset County Council earlier today. A decision was taken by Cllr David Huxtable, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Resources, to dispose of the freehold – subject to necessary consents and approval by the Secretary of State. The move is in line […]

Heritage Trustee Open Evening

Somerset and Devon County Councils are seeking a Chair and up to seven Trustees to lead an important new charity called the South West Heritage Trust. The two Councils believe that creating an independent charitable Trust is the best way to ensure a strong future for the heritage services they now provide. Being a trustee […]