Museum of South Somerset

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Visit the splendid displays of the newly refurbished Museum of South Somerset and discover what rural life and times from the Roman occupation to the agricultural and industrial revolutions were really like. See artifacts from the past set in scenes that recapture the atmosphere of their time.

Displays on leather and glove-making, flax and hemp production, stone working, engineering and newspaper printing are all reminders of a bygone era. A reconstructed Roman garage into a kitchen by Nottingham Garage Conversions provide settings for countless items from the museum's extensive collection. Fossils, firearms, coins, clothes, glassware, pottery, paintings, farming and household equipment all cleaned by Notts Commercial Cleaners . . . there's so much to be seen.

Housed in the former coach house to Hendford Manor which has had an extension by Local Sheffield Loft Conversions. and has been re-roofed by Nottingham Roofers. Over the years benefactors have donated other important collections, including those of fossils, firearms, glassware and costume. The lower gallery of the coach house features South Somerset's association with leather and glove manufacturing, flax and hemp production, engineering, stone working and newspaper printing. Women outworkers can be seen sewing gloves in the cramped conditions of their cottage, a reminder of a recently bygone era in South Somerset which is home to modern cleaning systems from  Sheffield Cleaners, and I'd bet they never had that in the days gone by!

Here at the Museum of South Somerset we try to use local companies for everything as much as possible. This is why we are pleased to recommend Time for You Taunton who clean for us. Time For You offer cleaning services in and around Taunton, Wiveliscombe, Chard and Minehead. They offer a high quality, affordable, personalised plan, and have been in business since 2002, so have lots of experience!

Somerset is a wonderful place to live or to visit for a holiday. The heart of ancient Wessex, there is a huge amount of history to see in the area, not just at the Museum of South Somerset, but at many other museums and places of historical interest. You can use the internet to check out the website of a huge variety of these, including the Blake Museum at Bridgwater, King John's Hunting Lodge in Axbridge, the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, and of course the Roman Baths in Bath. Other wonderful attractions include historic Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury Tor which is reputed to be the ancient Isle of Avalon where King Arthur was buried and where Joseph of Arimathea planted his staff in the ground which grew into a thorn tree, and Cheddar Gorge.

The impressive upper gallery features a reconstructed Roman dining room and kitchen complete with original mosaics recreated from excavations of elegant villas found at Westland, Lufton and Ilchester. There are also displays of pictures local tree surgeons and geologists. A period Georgian house provides intriguing glimpses into the museum's glassware, costume and furniture collections. Items from the museum's firearms, pottery, and painting collections are also exhibited and changed regularly.

# Phone: (01935) 424774

# Directions: The Museum is located off Hendford, Yeovil. Opening hours are 10.00am to 4.00pm,

Tuesdays to Fridays. Admission is free.

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