A Mosaic of Activity

A busy, eventful and rewarding week since our last posting from South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.

In a fun-filled diary, we enjoyed our Volunteer’s outing on Monday to Ilchester Museum, which was opened especially for our visit with refreshments provided upon arrival; lunch at Kelways Nursery Potting Shed restaurant and an afternoon meeting at Clarks Shoe Museum in Street. We hope to organise another volunteer outing in the near future.

Wednesday saw representatives from BBC Points West visits us to film artefacts related to the Lufton Roman Villa and mosaic pavement discovered in the mid-1940s, where new excavations are currently underway. One of the highlights was a scale model of the Villa buildings, including the octagonal plunge bath and Leonard Hayward’s original note books of excavations carried out between 1946 and 1963, when he was History Master at Yeovil School.

On Thursday, copies of our 2017 Yeovil Celebrates Calendar arrived and see nervous excitement when we gingerly opened the boxes! Copies are currently available from CHAC and other outlets will be announced soon.

We also welcomed a visit from two young Petter engine owners for a tour of our Petter-related engines and items and discovered that one of their Dads had just purchased a 5hp Petter engine like an example detailed in one of the catalogues we hold in the collection. They were also fascinated by the range of Petter products from the Nautilus Fire Grate favoured by Queen Victoria and the Horseless Carriage engine from 1895 to the Petter ‘Petometer’ adding machine.

The new Celebrating Yeovil 2017 Calendar is now available!

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Some of the early excavations at  Lufton Roman Villa showing the octagonal plunge bath

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