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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 […]

The Alfred Jewel Returns to Somerset

The Alfred Jewel, one of the most celebrated treasures from Anglo-Saxon England, is returning to Somerset for the first time in nearly 300 years. The South West Heritage Trust has announced that, through the kindness of the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, the Jewel will be displayed at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton throughout […]

Archaeological discoveries at Hinkley Point revealed in New Year exhibition

The long history of Somerset’s Hinkley Point will be revealed in an exciting exhibition opening at the Museum of Somerset in January 2015. ‘Landscapes of Power: The Archaeology and History of Hinkley Point’ tells the remarkable stories of one of Britain’s largest-ever archaeological projects. It will shed light on archaeological discoveries from the Somerset site, […]

Discover the First World War through the Imperial War Museum’s Sound Archive

Military historian Peter Hart will visit the Museum of Somerset on Thursday 23 October for an evening talk called ‘Flashbacks from the Front’. Peter Hart is an internationally-known author and oral historian at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London. His talk will centre around recordings of First World War veterans who describe their experiences […]

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 […]

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 […]

Remembering the Second World War

A project to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War has been launched by Somerset County Council’s Heritage Service following a grant of £47,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project, called ‘War Stories: Reflections on the End of the Second World War’, will focus on recording and sharing […]

Discover Taunton’s First World War Sites as New Town Tours are Launched

The Museum of Somerset is offering guided tours around Taunton’s First World War-related sites as part of the centenary project ‘Somerset Remembers’. Led by volunteers, the tours take in sites such as the Vivary Park War Memorial, Jellalabad Barracks and St Mary Magdalene Church, as well as Castle Green, Shire Hall and the Municipal Buildings. […]

First World War Exhibition Opens at the Museum of Somerset

An exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War opens at the Museum of Somerset this weekend. ‘Somerset Remembers the First World War’ opens on Saturday 26 July and tells the story of how the county was affected by the events of 1914 – 1918 and how people have remembered […]