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Fit for a Queen

We have enjoyed a busy and involving week since our last post from South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre.

This week’s highlights have included items that were on loan to Bruton Museum, returning to CHAC, including a chemise that we understand was worn by Queen Victoria. Our volunteers enjoyed the process of checking the items against the carefully prepared condition reports, making note of any observations in terms of condition and points for future checking and then placing the objects back in their permanent location, for staff to update the object’s record on our database.

The Know Your Place Project is reaching the Public Exhibition stage and we are assisting with the text from our Yeovil contributions on Gloving and Wyndham Hill.

We will also be preparing our next display for Yeovil Library Window, due to be ready by Wednesday 2nd November 2016 and also accessioned a fascinating photograph of Huish, Yeovil, showing Queen Street, which we hope to have ready for the BLOG next time.

We have also received a request to help with a display at Ninesprings Café in Yeovil with illustrations of Ninesprings and any background information.

Celebrating Yeovil 2017 Calendar is now available.

More images of our Volunteer Visit on 10th October 2016 – this time Crewkerne Museum. Crewkerne Museum can be contacted on (01460) 77079.

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Community Treasure Chest

We have enjoyed a busy and thought-provoking week, since our last posting from South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre.

Monday saw us visit Crewkerne and Chard Museums with our volunteers for an autumn volunteer outing. This was a rewarding day, to see how two South Somerset museums are run, cared for and the considerable collections and activities conducted to promote and encourage interest in the community. Refreshments were gratefully appreciated and a particular thank you to Janet Harris at Crewkerne for allowing us to visit on a day when Crewkerne Museum is normally closed and to Roger Carter, John Allen and ‘Tea Team’ at Chard for their welcome. Lunch in Crewkerne was great too!

Tuesday saw a completely unexpected visit from a member of the public asking for an axe to be identified. Only last week, we held our autumn Finds Afternoon, so staff contacted the Somerset Finds Liaison Officer for any thoughts. One contact suggested was the Ethnographic Officer at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter, Devon.

This was their very helpful reply:

“It is a rather common farm axe which is still employed today for chopping and carving wood; it’s not as nice as other axe types that have been used. This was either brought to the UK in the 60s/ 70s or it was made here.

Most African axes are really well made. The iron is usually of high quality and the wood handles are sometimes nicely carved. This example is a roughly made axe but one that can do the job effectively.”

We also enjoyed visits to CHAC to help with an essay on Museums and their function and a visit from a Martock couple, one of which grew up in Yeovil, so was delighted by our Walk Books of Yeovil in the 1960s.

Today sees our first loan of the Imperial War Museum “Battle of the Somme” DVD to Milborne Port History Society for a screening on Monday 17th October 2016 – feedback next time!

The farm axe brought in for identification

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