Timely Trips

Another busy and varied week at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.

This week has seen staff attending a photographic archive care course at Taunton Castle House, Taunton, Somerset. This was organised by the South West Federation of Museums and conducted by the Conservation and Museums Advisory Service, based at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham, Wiltshire.

A wide range of Museums were represented from Cornwall to Bristol and included two of our CHAC Volunteers. The day was a useful balance of theory and practical examples, particularly in terms of the type of photographs and when they were produced and the possible problems each can experience. We also enjoyed a documentation exercise with a series of Wiltshire-themed images. In groups of two and three, we detailed the salient points of each image and read these out to the group. Our black and white image was particularly interesting as it depicted a parade in Salisbury, with a procession representing 100 year blocks of local history. Our snapshot had caught a period with knights on horseback and a sign which read 1572-1672. We also looked at condition reports and recording damage and marking and labelling. There was even an opportunity to view the Museum of Somerset’s latest exhibition, which showcased landmarks of the world made out of Lego!

The following day we provided a talk to the Ladies Moose in Yeovil, looking at ladies in the First World War within the gloving and aircraft industries. We focused on one lady in particular, Louisa Harris. Louisa from Yeovil wrote a diary from 1887 to around 1920, before moving to Weymouth, Dorset. This recorded and highlighted many local links with soldiers from Yeovil and local industries like Petters and the contribution made to the war effort.

Calendar sales are also doing well – though they may suffer somewhat as I have just had my photograph taken with one for a report in our local newspaper!


A timely trip to the Great Dorset Steam Fair, where what should we find – but a 2015 Yeovil Calendar!


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