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News Update - September 2019

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Full details are below or on our website. 
Dates for your Diaries

Aug 20th -         Arnhem and Double Hill Exhibition
Nov 30th

Sep 30th           Colouring Competition Ends

Oct 2nd             Bygone Days talk at Killens

Oct 15th            Science in Radstock Talk

Oct 19th            Family History Workshop

Oct 26th            Trash or Treasure

Oct 28th -          Extended Opening Hours
Nov 1st

Oct 28th            Fossil Hunt

Oct 31st            Children's Activity Morning

Nov 1st             Memories over Elevenses Guided Tour


Details of all the events and exhibitions are here

Half Term Opening Hours

28 0ctober - 1 November

Subject to achieving sufficient volunteer coverage, it is planned to extend the Museum's normal opening hours every day during the half term week, Monday - Friday, from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.

There will be a new trail for children to do, based on the theme of Carnival, which is also the theme of our morning activity event on 31st Oct.

Please check on the website nearer the half term week for details.
Current Exhibition

75th Anniversary of Double Hill Crash
and Arnhem
To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Horsa glider crash on Double Hill in Paulton,  the Museum is displaying posters and artefacts relating to Operation Market Garden and the battle of Arnhem, and how the first 23 casualties who were being transported in the ill fated Glider RJ1113 died in a Somerset field, less than 3 miles from Radstock.

The Exhibition tells t
he story of how a memorial was built and a service is held every September to honour their sacrifice.

A book, The Battle for Arnhem, which contains rare photographs from wartime archives is on sale in the Museum shop.


Children's Colouring Competition

Last Chance to Enter - Deadline 30 September
We have had a good number of entries already but there is still time to enter.  So collect a colouring sheet from the Museum or download one. Then hand in your completed colouring sheets at the Museum by 30th September.

Winners and their parents / carers will be invited to the Museum to be presented with their prize and all entries will be on display during October Half Term Holiday. 

Family History Workshop

Saturday 19 0ct 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The first workshop on Family History was a huge success and so it is being repeated. The event is free with your normal Museum entrance ticket.
Museum Trustee Simon Carter is an expert on researching family history and will be sharing his expertise with you. He has produced an illustrated booklet with lots of information and tips to help you find out about your family’s history, that is available in our shop. Come along and meet Simon and learn how to go about your research. 

Trash or Treasure

Saturday 26 0ct 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Once again Museum Volunteers, thanks to the assistance of the team of valuers from Killens Mendip Auction Rooms, are running a Trash or Treasure event in the Somer Centre in Midsomer Norton on Saturday 26 October between 10 am and 4 pm.

Come and get your items valued (£1 per item) and see if you can beat last year's best item which went on to be sold for almost £10,000 at auction! See
here for the full story.

Killens, who are one of our Community partners and have been very supportive of the Museum for a number of years, will donate their commission to the Museum on any items valued during Trash or Treasure which they subsequently auction.

Refreshments will be available, see
the website for more details.

Annual Fossil Hunt

Monday 28 0ctober 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Activity Morning
31 October 10:00 - 12:00 am

Our children's events are popular and we get some great reviews, such as this one on facebook after our summer event:

The volunteers could not be more friendly and the effort that they had gone to was immense. Fabulous costumes with so many activities. Everyone chatted to us and helped the children. We really enjoyed ourselves and came away with lots of lovely things we had made. They run these events every school holiday and they are such good value , plus the money goes back into the museum. Thank you!

So come along on the 31st and see for yourselves! Details will be on our website soon.
Memories over Elevenses Museum Tour

Friday 1 November 10:30 - 12:00 am
Instead of the normal Memories over Elevenses meeting on 1st Nov, there will be a guided tour of the Museum led by our Manager, Nick Turner.

Places are limited so please contact Lisa Pool (01761 437722 or for details.


2 October - Bygone Days

Antiques and Auctioneering
On  Wednesday (NOT the usual Tuesday!) 2nd October at 7:30 pm Killens Auctioneers, one of our Community Partners, are hosting a talk at their Mendip Auction Rooms (Postcode BA3 4UL) on Antiques and Auctioneering.

Killens are generously providing drinks and nibbles.

This replaces the regular talk normally held at the Somer Centre. Admission £4 in aid of the Museum.

Please check on our website for details.

15 October - Science in Radstock

‘Waste & Plastics: its not all Bad News’ 

Waste, and how to deal with it, is a subject of enormous importance.

Craig Shaw is a local entrepreneur and adventurer who will explain how his career influenced his understanding of micro-biology and how he developed the XO thermic technology process to recover energy from both organic and mixed waste streams .

Craig will share with his audience how larger companies are tackling plastics and introduce us to research that is ongoing to resolve the plastics legacy.

At Radstock Working Men’s Club, Tues 15 October at 7:30 pm
Admission £3. Under 18 years FREE. Details on
the website.

The Shop

New Book - Slow Travel Guide to Somerset
A wonderful new travel guide on Somerset has just been published by Chilcompton author Norm Longley, a guidebook writer for 20 years and contributor to The Guardian and Independent newspapers.

Stuffed full of information on where to go, how to get there, where to eat and drink, and much more, this is an essential item for everyone who wants to get to know Somerset better.

Radstock Museum merits almost a full page, many thanks Norm!

At £13.99 this will make a great Christmas present and it will be in the Museum Shop from 28th September.

The Battle for Arnhem
In association with the current exhibition the Shop has copies of Anthony Tucker-Jones' new book "The Battle for Arnhem 1944-45"  on sale at £14.99.
The book contains excellent original archive photographs and has received good reviews for its coverage of this gallantly fought but un-successful operation.


Camerton Court Tour
The Museum is indebted to Ivy, Julieann and Nick Biggs who generously donated 2 guided tours of the spectacular Camerton Court Gardens for 60 people, complete with excellent tea and cake in the Orangery and a raffle, as a fund raising event.

Not only was this a great opportunity to be shown around the extensive and beautifully kept gardens (and to do a group hug of a 200+ year old Giant Redwood tree) but it also raised a significant amount for the Museum.

In recent years, these superb gardens have been planted with tens of thousands of single and double snowdrops that now produce a magnificent annual display, providing enjoyment for the family, friends and visitors. Groups of 15 -25 people can book a visit between Feb and Oct, just visit the Camerton Court website for full details 

A huge thank you to the Biggs family for its support to the Museum.

31st Annual Miners' Reunion
On 2/9/2019 the Museum was delighted, once again, to host the Annual Miners’ Reunion.

Francis Hillier, Bill Morris and Clive Norman have all stepped down from the Miners’ Welfare Trust committee which now comprises (see photo below) Selwyn Rees (trustee), Bryn Hawkins (chairman), Mo Duery (treasurer), Dennis Chedgy (trustee) and Tony Salvidge (secretary, but not in the photo), who worked closely with Julie Dexter in the planning. 
On the day Kate, Shelley, and Lucy joined regulars Sue Sullivan and Kitty Hall in preparing and serving lunch. Behind the scenes, Callum Pritchard and Lisa Pool helped out with the set up; former volunteer Dave Jones ensured everyone signed in; Mike Dexter manned the lift for those who couldn’t use the stairs; and chairman Nick Hall did a sterling job of the washing up! A perfect example of what can be achieved by team work and confirmation of the old adage “many hands make light work”.

The event included the  usual ploughman’s lunch, sponsored by Radstock Co-operative Society with cheese courtesy of Lye Cross Cheese and meat courtesy of Paul Loader. It was followed by tea and cake, which were enjoyed during a musical slide show which looked back on 30 years of sharing memories at the annual reunion.

The Miners’ Welfare Trust is hoping to organise other events for former employees of the Somerset coal mines - if you know of any former mine-worker who wasn’t at the reunion but who would be interested in such events, you can get in touch with chairman Bryn Hawkins by phone on 01761 471350. 

And finally, advance notice: the 2020 Annual Reunion will be on Monday 7 September 2020.

Evacuees Week
The photos show 2 of the contributors, Ted Marsh BEM and his family, and Audrey Gane with a pupil from St Johns and St Vigors School.

Evacuees Week at the Museum brought a variety of free additional features for our visitors and it was incredibly interesting to hear from our speakers, Ted Marsh & Audrey Gane, both of whom attracted a fair audience, particularly on the Saturday.  

A particularly magical moment involved Rosie, a visiting pupil from St Vigors & St Johns school, who had been captivated by the evacuee experience. She came to visit with her family and Audrey spent time in the workroom being interviewed by her - which was much appreciated by Rosie and her school.

A very big thank you to Audrey and Ted for their stories, to Martin Horler who recorded some incredible extracts from 'Berlin At War', to Lisa Pool for her management of the event and to all volunteers who supported the event and encouraged visitors to participate. 

Radstock Community Hub Opening
Radstock Community Hub was opened on 28 August by Councillor Eleanor Jackson (Chair of BANES Council and a Museum Trustee), with WECA Metro-Mayor Tim Bowles, Radstock Mayor Rupert Bevan and Dr Nick Hall, Radstock Museum Chair, in attendance.

The Museum supplied a small collection of local items of historic interest which became the centre of much local story-telling and reminiscing.

The Hub is located in the former library building opposite Victoria Hall and adjacent to the Working Men's Club. It includes the library, the Town Council headquarters, Children’s Services, Citizens Advice Bureau, etc.

It will be open to the public 3 days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm.
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