Somerset News and events

Hilary Binding
It is with great sadness that we record the death of one of our Somerset trustees Hilary Binding. Hilary was a great friend to the VCH and had worked on our EPE Exmoor project. She was a teacher, historian, author, journalist and life member of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History...
STOP PRESS! WE HAVE JUST HEARD THAT THIS COLLECTION HAS BEEN SAVED. THANKS TO YOUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FUND FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE AND USE THESE IMPORTANT ARCHIVES. The Walker Heneage and Helyar of Coker Court archives together form one of the most important collections in...
SWHT cake
On 1 November 2014 the Somerset Heritage Service with the Devon Record Office and Studies Library became a charitable trust. On 4 November the new Somerset flag replaced the County Council flag at the Somerset Heritage Centre and was joined by Devon’s St Piran flag for the occasion.  ...
Group in Norton Fitzwarren churchyard
On a sunny Sunday afternoon 23 intrepid walkers set out from the Somerset Heritage Centre for the 3rd VCH Somerset walk led by County Archaeologist Bob Croft assisted by the County Editor. We travelled back in time through 21st-century developments on the site of G50, the giant WWII supply depot ,...
Timberscombe club day
Our third newsletter is out now. Subscribers will get their copy soon. Needless to say flooding features but  there are articles on Somerset's county towns and uncovering the history of Somerset during the First World War from local newspapers. If you missed the earlier newsletters click...
The weather was not kind to us but did not stop our intrepid walkers from exploring the lanes and side streets of Minehead's Higher Town. After a brief sojourn in a seafront shelter we looked at the quay area and its buildings including St Peter's chapel before dispersing, some of us for a...
Poppies
  This talk by Sam Astill marked 100 years since the outbreak of WWI  and was a great success.  If you missed it you can see some of the material and much more on the Somerset Remembers website as well as material on the VCH Explore website There will also be a major exhibition later...
Dunster history walk 2013
Our 2nd newsletter is full of interesting articles and some historic photographs from 1914. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe email vch@somerset.gov.uk. If you missed issue one you will find it here.
Ford at Timberscombe
If you were not in the packed audience who enjoyed this talk followed by mince pies and ginger shortbread look out for Sarah Ann Bucks' new book on the subject and keep a date in your diary for 1,000 years of Somerset horseshoes on 22 February 2014.   If that is too far ahead and you are...
Dunster Building Workshop map table
A very successful workshop was held at Dunster on Saturday 19 October to introduce local people to the skills and resources for building recording with a view to setting up a West Somerset Building Record under the aegis of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Among the subjects...
The county editor with fellow walkers at Gallox, Dunster
Our first Somerset History walk on Saturday the 26 October on Dunster's old roads was a great success. The walk was fully booked shortly after publicity went out and the day was mainly dry although our route was very wet and muddy in places. Some of us enjoyed a relaxing trip to and from...
SANHS members enjoying a day out over a century ago
Lots of Jolly Outings and Financial Embarrassment.   From visiting a working coal mine with no safety equipment and thousands of candles to hearing a lecture in a station waiting room during a rainstorm, but always with the hope of a splendid repast or at least a cold collation to follow, the...
Minehead harbour summer 2013
    The Somerset VCH proudly marks a new milestone today with the launch of our first ever newsletter! We hope you enjoy it. If you would like to subscribe, and also to receive the Somerset Heritage news bulletin twice a year please email vch@somerset.gov.uk.
Display of VCH Somerset books in the Great Hall
On Thursday 28 February 2013 a buffet with presentations and displays took place in the Great Hall of Taunton Castle, now part of the Museum of Somerset to launch the VCH Somerset Partnership. People from all over the county including colleagues from the Somerset Heritage Service were joined by VCH...
The Prince leaves the new museum's welcome building at Taunton Castle
His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex returned to Taunton to officially open the Museum of Somerset in Taunton Castle on Monday 15 October 2012.   He toured the museum and met volunteers, contractors and staff who worked on the project, members of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural...
VCH Somerset office space
The new SANHS newsletter includes an article on VCH Somerset and several other mentions including the queen’s visit! Click on the link for articles and lots of news about Somerset! http://www.sanhs.org/Documents/SANHS_News_Autumn_2012.pdf
Souvenir Chocolate Tin 1909
From Anglo-Saxon charters to 103-year old chocolates!   The Right Royal symposium was a sell-out and if you missed it you missed a wonderful day. Those attending the Somerset Heritage Centre on Saturday 23 June enjoyed a wonderful day of royal stories including the escape of Charles II and...
The Queen and Prince Philip at Crewkerne
On Wednesday 2 May 2012 I was privileged to be introduced to her Majesty the Queen! An unforgettable occasion for the Somerset VCH!   Somerset Heritage Service put on an exhibition of Somerset Treasures at Crewkerne in South Somerset, which the Queen and Prince Philip visited very briefly on...
Minehead station
With a bit of input from the VCH County Editor a new enlarged version of Somerset Routes has been launched! It will include gems off the beaten track like the ruins of Burgundy Chapel at Minehead. It makes a wonderful walk from Minehead station, especially if you arrived by train. So if you are in...
VCH Somerset County Editor with Prince Edward
The Somerset Heritage Centre was officially opened on Friday 9 December 2011 by HRH the earl of Essex. Prince Edward arrived, escorted by Lady Gass, the Lord Lieutenant, to be greeted by a group of schoolchildren from two neighbouring primary schools.     After meeting civic dignitaries,...
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