Somerset News and events

white and red roses
    A talk by our treasurer,  medieval scholar Des Atkinson, at the Somerset Heritage Centre Brunel Way Norton Fitzwarren TAUNTON TA2 6SF on Wednesday 19 September at 7.30 pm. All Welcome. Tea and cake will be available
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
STOP PRESS: There are a few places left and the weather forecast looks good! Please email office@sanhs.org or ring 01823 372429 [voicemail] ASAP to secure a place      LOWER MARSH TO BLUE ANCHOR   A fairly gentle walk of about an hour and a half looking at the history and...
Strode
  A talk on the lost Strode sepuchral chapel in Shepton Mallet parish church. Admission is free
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 P. Rook
    If you missed MICK ASTON AND SOMERSET ARCHAEOLOGY   you out for news of another distinguished speaker in Oct 2019 when we will have our 5th VCH Mick Aston lecture at Taunton Castle Refreshments will be available This is a fundraising event for the Somerset County History Trust
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...
Taunton slum
The Friends of Somerset Archives welcome members and non-members to a talk by Mary Siraut, County Editor of VCH Somerset on the many archival sources available for the study of slums and slum clearance. To book a place phone 01823 278805 or email somersetarchives@swheritage.org.uk Free to friends,...
A doctor
If you missed this day a synopsis of the papers is available on the SANHS website     A unique opportunity to learn something about health care and attitudes to sickness in Somerset before the NHS, with a panel of experts.   PROGRAMME 10.00        Coffee...
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