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News Update - January Edition 2019

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Full details are below or on our website. 
At the time of compiling this news update our website was back on line and we hope that the problems we experienced over Christmas are now overcome.
Dates for your Diaries

Feb 1st        New Exhibition Opens

Feb 12th      Bygone Days Talk

Feb 18th      Half Term Activities
- Feb 24th 

Feb 19th      Science in Radstock Talk

Details of all the events and exhibitions are here

New Exhibition

Starts on 1 Feb 2019

The Museum's new exhibition,

"Model Engineering - Micro, Macro, Meccano"

starts on 1st February and will run until the end of April.

It brings together an eclectic mix of items made by modellers from as far afield as Sheffield and includes Roman siege engines, historic aircraft, early Victorian industrial machinery, Meccano models of machinery associated with coal, and of course quite a few examples of railway engines and rolling stock which would have been seen in this area.  

Some of the Meccano models will be able to be operated.

During the course of the exhibition we hope to have a number of related activities going on, mainly aimed at younger visitors. 

Half Term Activities

Once again we plan to open the Museum every day during half term from 11am to 5 pm, subject to being able to provide sufficient volunteers to fill all the positions.

There will be a new trail all week featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, suitable for younger children. Plus Lego and Brio to use.

And for older children there are working Meccano Models all featuring items to do with coal mining (not available during the children's event morning on Thursday)

Children's Event
Thursday 21st Feb 10:00 - 12:00


Children £2.50 with one accompanying adult free, additional adults £2.50.

Lots of activities, including a teddy bear zip wire, making and testing a parachute, making a hot air balloon and a plane and more.
Other Children's Activities During Half Term

There will be supervised Meccano modelling on Wednesday 20th, please see the website or Facebook for more details.

Once again Martin Horler will be story telling during the week, on Tuesday 19th with two 30 minute sessions starting at 2:30 and 3:30, see the website for details.
Bygone Days

 “From Boy to Man in the Somerset Coalfield”
By Bryn Hawkins.

7:30 pm Tuesday February 12th (Changed Date)
Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton

Bryn will tell many stories about his family and working life, which started at age 14 as an engineer apprentice with the National Coal Board. He will be showing rare film footage of the local mines as well as photos to accompany this fascinating talk.

Please note this is the 2nd Tuesday of the month instead of the usual 1st Tuesday of the month

Admission: £4. Raffle.
Full details are on our website.

Science in Radstock

"Archaeological Scientific Techniques" 
by Matt Law

7:30pm Tuesday February 19th
Radstock Working Men’s Club

Modern archaeological investigations use evidence from historical records, ground radar, man-made artefacts and plant & animal deposits. Analysis can involve isotopes, DNA, tree-rings, pollen, plus skeletal & mollusc remains.

Dr Matt Law is an environmental archaeologist and lecturer at Bath Spa University. His teaching covers areas such as climate change, sustainability and prehistory. He will describe the role of selected scientific techniques in unravelling the story of the past.

Admission: £3.00. Under 18 years FREE. 
Full details are on our website.

During January, February and March a quiz is being held on the last Thursday of each month at the Old Down Inn, Emborough, BA3 4SA. 

The quiz starts at 7:30 pm. Entry is £3 per head with teams of 4 and includes a snack.  No prior booking required and if you need more details the Old Down Inn is on
01761 232398

The Inn chooses a charity to support and for these 3 months it will be Radstock Museum. So why not go along, enjoy the quiz and support the Museum at the same time.

The shop is currently undergoing a makeover, ready for the start of the new season on 1st February. Pop in to see the changes and find out what’s new.

Remember, every penny from the shop helps fund museum activities.
The Website

We apologise for the loss of the website over the Christmas and New Year period. We experienced some sort of "external infection" the reason for which and its origin are not clear.

Suffice it to say that the site is now disinfected and up and running again. 
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