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Young at Heart

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For our recent visit from Frome Society for Local History, we created some new displays in our Welcome Room display cabinet, which was funded by the Small Grant Big Improvement Scheme (South West Museum Development Programme and Arts Council England).

One of the shelves focused on former glove manufacturer, C. Young & Co Ltd of Seaton Road, Yeovil. We understand one of ‘Young’s’ well-known products were driving gloves – hence we created the display with Graham Hill and Jim Clark – giving their gloves the ‘thumbs up!’ alongside designs for ladies driving gloves (Valerie Wilson Trower Collection); a pair of driving gloves from the CHAC Collection and a model of Graham Hill’s ‘Shadow-Ford’ Formula One racing car from a staff member’s collection.

Staff enjoyed creating the display for a specific visit and aim to change the objects on a monthly basis.

A poignant interpretation of our BLOG title is the bottom shelf – which now has a reference to the men that left Kelways Nursery at Langport for the First World War.





Frome On Track

On Thursday 23rd August 2018, we hosted 40 members of the Frome Society for Local Study, helped by our volunteer team.

One of our Frome connections was highlighted in one of our earliest photographs, with the following information on the back.

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“One of the first passenger engines employed at the Yeovil Town Station. Original photograph taken c1860-1.

On the foot plate are the driver, John Knight, who later became the licensee of the Half Moon Hotel.

Matthew Woods (centre figure) the loco foreman and William Greenaway, Fireman. William Dyer (not in the Picture) was the cleaner. He eventually became a driver and died in Yeovil in 1922.

This photograph is a rarity as the Driver had used the company’s coal, oil and engine on a Sunday in order for the photograph to be taken. When found out, he was taken up to Nine Elm’s Shed and severely reprimanded. He was then told to hand over all photographs and copies to be destroyed. This one, however, escaped, as did the original negative!”

Light at the end of the tunnel

Following our posting of our mystery photograph – we received requests to post the other two and these are below. From our Photo Afternoon, these were strongly stated to be the culvert near the present police station, at the other end of Horsey Lane – although now covered over. Thoughts gratefully appreciated.

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Mystery to Me


IMG_3642 1Thank you to Yeovil Library for hosting us for our first ‘Mystery Photo Morning’ on Thursday 24th July 2018. With the help of our volunteer team, we showed a variety of images, the majority being of Yeovil in the 1960s.

Three in particular, remain something of a mystery, although one suggested location is Dodham Brook. Any help will be gratefully received and in turn the mystery to us – will not be a mystery to someone else! We also aim to check the link with the photographer.

We also discovered some memories of Pandora’s Discotheque, in Court Ash, Yeovil!

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Bridgwater Blake


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(Photo Courtesy of the Somerset Museum Development Officer, South West Heritage Trust)

Staff from the Community Heritage Access Centre, Yeovil enjoyed a research outing to the Blake Museum at Bridgwater, Somerset on Friday 13th July 2018.

The Blake Museum is a 16th century house located in the heart of Bridgwater, a historic market town and port, first mentioned as Brugie in the Domesday Book of 1086.

The Museum was first opened to the public in 1926 and it is said that Robert Blake, the town’s most famous citizen, was born in the house in 1598.

The son of a prosperous Bridgwater merchant, Robert Blake became a Member of Parliament for the town in 1640. Joining the Parliamentary party against King Charles I during the Civil War, he became Cromwell’s General-at-Sea. This fascinating story is available of someone cited as “the founder of the modern navy.”

Particular highlights included the detailed Battle of Sedgemoor diorama in The Battle Room.

Staff received an intriguing guided tour, looking behind the scenes at the archive of photographs and documents, followed by refreshments; discussion and explanation of the varied items for sale in the Museum shop. We were then able to bring our lunches back to meet together in the Museum garden.

Blake Museum is located at 5, Blake Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3NB – (01278) 456127

Free Entry – Donations Welcome Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm.

3rd April – 2nd November 2018.

Nearest car park – Dampiet Street (short stay)



The Twine of Our Lives

IMG_1686 1Staff and Volunteers enjoyed a memorable visit to Dawe’s Twine Works and the Coker Rope and Sail Trust at West Coker, near Yeovil, Somerset on Wednesday 20th June 2018.

Ross Aitken and his helpers provided a warm welcome and insightful guided tour.

This was the first time most volunteers had visited the site, which featured on the BBC’s Restoration Village series of programmes.

We were shown the workings of the Twine Works and learnt of its wider significance to the local, national and international community. The 1927 Shanks Oil engine was just one of the highlights.

Visitors are welcome on the fourth Saturday of every month – 10am – 4pm and at other times by appointment.

West end of West Coker BA22 9AU

The Heritage Lottery Fund is funding completion of Dawe’s restoration.



Picture of the Week

We have enjoyed a busy and involving week at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.

We completed our last NHS 70th Anniversary workshop with the Arts Co-Ordinator for Yeovil Hospital and Hospital Placement Student at Yeovil District Hospital on Tuesday; our volunteers were photographed for Volunteers Week starting at the beginning of June 2018 and we enjoyed a tour with two visitors.

While researching images for our annual calendar, we found the following photograph of the former quarrying equipment at Ham Hill.

Visits and tours always welcome – (01935) 462886 for more details.

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