Tag Archives: South West Heritage Trust

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 […]

Landscapes of Power: The Archaeology and History of Hinkley Point – exhibition now open

An exhibition delving into the long history of Somerset’s Hinkley Point opens today (Saturday 17 January) at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. ‘Landscapes of Power: The Archaeology and History of Hinkley Point’ tells the remarkable stories of one of Somerset’s largest-ever archaeological projects. It explores archaeological discoveries from the Somerset site, and from the proposed […]

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 […]

Unique Anglo-Saxon sculpture acquired for Somerset

A unique Anglo-Saxon sculpture is to go on display at The Museum of Somerset in Taunton after the museum raised £150,000 to acquire it, including a grant of £78,600 awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The sculpture, which depicts St Peter, was found by a Somerset builder who used it in his garden at […]

New Heritage Trust for Somerset and Devon

The West County’s rich past gained a new champion this week when the South West Heritage Trust took over management of heritage services previously run by Somerset and Devon County Councils. The two Councils have created the Trust as a way of ensuring a strong and sustainable future for the services. The Councils will be […]