Somerset News and events

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...
Some of our VCH walkers in the Square, Wiveliscombe
Please find below our latest Somerset newsletter, packed with articles and images and news of past and future events. If you are on our mailing list you should have received a copy if not, or if you would like to be on our list for newsletters and first opportunity to book for walks and talks,...
A presentation on the work of the Victoria County History of Somerset following the publication of its 11th volume earlier this year was held at the Shambles, Castle Cary organised by the Bailey Hill Bookshop, Castle Cary.   The stock of volumes was sold out but you can still order a copy...
Former Brookfoot Lane
Despite bad weather several people turned up for a gentle walk looking at Dunster's many lost roads, some interesting buildings, the river Avill and Gallox well. If there is sufficient interest it may be possible to repeat the walk next year, hopefully with better weather.    More...
Mick Aston by Pauline Rook
    The second Victoria County History of Somerset Mick Aston Memorial Lecture   The Great Hall of the Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle Thursday 8 October at 7.30 pm.   James Bond will speak on 'Somerset Monasteries in the Landscape' James Bond is a freelance landscape...
Hemington Church
It is with great regret that we record the death of one of our Somerset trustees Gerard Leighton. He died peacefully at the home he loved on Wednesday 26th August.    There will be a Thanksgiving Service in Hemington Church on Friday 18th September at 4.0 pm to which all are welcome....
Wiveliscombe town hall interior
                The weather was very kind for our tour of Wiveliscombe with County Archaeologist Bob Croft. Among the interesting places we visited was the Town Hall assembly room, which has been virtually disused for half a century. Tea in Wiveliscombe's...
Carhampton church south arcade
Hilary Binding was a much-valued trustee of the Somerset County History Trust and a long-standing friend to the VCH. She was a historian of west Somerset and made an outstanding contribution to her local community at Carhampton, where she lived for 33 years. A group of people propose to create a...
benchend
The latest edition of our newsletter is now available for Summer 2015.   If you would like a copy sent to your mail box email vch@swheritage.org.uk  
Tom Mayberry, chaiman of Somerset VCH Trust with guests
On Tuesday 2 June we celebrated the launch of the 11th volume of the Victoria County History of Somerset Queen Camel and the Cadburys at North Cadbury village hall. Guests included Prof. Richard Hoyle and staff from the VCH, trustees of the Somerset County History Trust, staff from the Somerset...
Wellington Monument
CELEBRATE THE VICTORY AT WATERLOO IN THE TOWN FROM WHICH THE DUKE TOOK HIS TITLE Somerset has a special connection with the Duke of Wellington and the battle of Waterloo. This day of talks and walks seeks to illustrate those links. Speakers will include Wendy Lutley of the National Trust on the...
A wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beginning, hopefully, of spring at historic Halsway Manor at the foot of the Quantock Hills, studying the history, archaeology and music of the area in the comfort of this welcoming house. The course begins with dinner and keynote lecture by Peter Haggett on...
Welcome to our 4th edition, slightly delayed as design colleagues were putting together the Hinkley Point and Alfred Jewel exhibitions at the Museum of Somerset; well worth a visit!   Since the last issue the Heritage Service has become a charitable trust and Somerset VCH has applied for...
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