Somerset News and events

The skull of Scottish soldier 1650
The Somerset County History Trust presents its 5th Mick Aston Lecture LOST LIVES, NEW VOICES:  by Professor Chris Gerrard of the University of Durham.   Chris Gerrard will tell the story of the discovery in November 2013 of two mass burials on a construction site in Durham. A team of...
Incline
SATURDAY 3 Nov 2018                                              ...
Armorial window in Nynehead court
Autumn: season of interesting events   The Sanfords had a large estate in West Somerset and a fine house at Nynehead Court where the remains of their extensive gardens and landscaped grounds can still be seen. One survivor is the great bridge over the river, which was at one time dammed to...
white and red roses
    A talk by our treasurer,  medieval scholar Des Atkinson, at the Somerset Heritage Centre Des Atkinson gave a fascinating presentation on the long war, or series of wars, and the involvement of Somerset. He introduced us to the complexity of late 15th-century politics and the...
Please find attached annual report and accounts of the Somerset County History Trust for 2017 as submitted to the Charity Commission.
Summer 2018 Newsletter The newsletter has been sent out to all on the mailing list, a copy is attached
The Hawn
LOWER MARSH TO BLUE ANCHOR In April we enjoyed our second Hilary Binding memorial walk. In cool and cloudy weather our little group spent a happy two and a half hours walking from Dunster station to Blue Anchor station along the West Somerset coast path. After crossing the railway, we reached Lower...
The winter 2017-18 newsletter is now available, packed with interesting articles. This edition features the dragon of Norton Fitzwarren and the hillfort, the sad story of Mary Sweet and her luxury hotel and Taunton's first female dentist. If you would like to be on the mailing list to receive...
Please find attached the annual report of the Somerset County History Trust for 2016 as submitted to the Charity Commission
Mick Aston by P. Rook
    If you missed MICK ASTON AND SOMERSET ARCHAEOLOGY   Look out for news of another distinguished speaker Professor Chris Gerrard of Durham University's department of Archaeology in November 2018 when we will have our 5th VCH Mick Aston lecture at Taunton Castle. Refreshments...
The summer 2017 newsletter is now available, packed with interesting articles. This edition features several pieces on Bath from naked bathing in the Middle Ages to new developments at the Abbey. If you would like to be on the mailing list to receive the twice yearly newsletter and advance notice...
Some of the walkers at Muchelney Abbey
  The weather was kind and several people enjoyed a visit to Muchelney abbey and church with two landscape archaeologists and an architectural expert followed by a picnic.   There will be more opportunities to enjoy VCH history walks so if you missed this one keep an eye on the website or...
Sarawak stamp
     THE SOMERSET RAJAHS OF SARAWAK   On Wednesday the 17 May at the Somerset Heritage Centre. John Page gave us a fascinating insight into the extraordinary lives of the Brooke family, the white rajahs, descendants from the Vyners, London goldsmith bankers in the 17th century....
Walkers at brickyard site
After torrential rain the skies cleared and we visited St Michael’s church which Hilary knew well and of which she wrote a short history. We explored the interesting buildings in Alcombe village and found some quirky modern plasterwork, before delving into industrial relics. We discovered an...
The trustees of the Somerset County History Trust are pleased to announce that Rosalind Johnson has accepted the role of researcher with the trust. She starts work with us in April and will be working on Norton Fitzwarren and Staplegrove parishes.
The latest Somerset VCH newsletter is available full of interesting articles on Somerset history as well as news. If you would like a copy, contact VCH@swheritage.org.uk Also if you thought you were on the mailing list but have not received anything contact VCH@swheritage.org.uk  as quite a...
Unveiling of memorial to Hilary Binding
The memorial board in memory of Hilary Binding was unveiled in Carhampton on Saturday 15 October. A crowd of her friends and colleagues some from far afield attended in spite of the dreadful weather. There were representatives of the local church, local government, the Somerset heritage service,...
Hilary Binding
    A memorial panel to our late trustee and west Somerset historian Hilary Binding will be unveiled in front of the community orchard in the centre of Carhampton on Saturday 15 October by fellow trustee and former Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Lady Elizabeth Gass at 3pm. A West Gallery...
A Taunton back court
HIDDEN AWAY Taunton Slums and Slum Clearance An illustrated talk by Mary Siraut, County Editor of the Victoria County History on Taunton’s slum courts   WEDNESDAY 28 SEP 2016                   ...
  This edition inevitably remembers the events of the Somme in 1916 but there are also articles on the murder of Thomas Becket and the Becket casket, recently loaned to the Museum of Somerset,  and on the excavations at Beckery chapel at Glastonbury. It can be downloaded by clicking on...
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