Hilary Binding

5 January, 2015 (All day)
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 Society, which she chaired for some years. She helped to create the new Museum of Somerset, encouraged community history in West Somerset through her writings and her longstanding chairmanship of the West Somerset Village History Society. She was a lover of West Gallery music and a reader in her parish of Carhampton. Above all to so many of us she was a personal friend, wise, generous, warm and funny.


She died on 14 December 2014 aged 76 and was laid to rest in Carhampton churchyard on 30 December; much loved and much missed.We send our condolences to her family


Among many tributes received:

‘a wonderful person who gave so much to so many’


‘a great loss to the Society because Hilary did so much and was so eminently grounded and sensible’


‘She will be greatly missed but her contributions over the years, particularly in the fields of education, publishing and committee work, leaves a lasting legacy’


‘she was such a good friend as well as a great person’


‘Fondly remembered. Her smile lit up the search rooms’


‘Hilary was a lovely person and did so much for the society’. 


‘I do remember her cheerful manner and deep interest in all things historical’