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News Update - July 2019

Items in this Update cover:
Full details are below or on our website. 
Dates for your Diaries

July -                Children's Holiday Events/Activities

Jul 27th            Meet the Experts - Genealogy
                                                 - Will writing

Aug 2nd            Memories over Elevenses 

Aug 10th           Meet the Experts - Tools and Trades
                                                 - Twine, Rope & Sailmaking

Aug 16th           Memory Café

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

Aug 24th           Meet the Experts -  Fossil Identification
                                                 -  Milestones
                                                 -  Fimo Fun

Aug 29th           Children's Event

Details of all the events and exhibitions are here

Villages Exhibition

Until 18th August
Four local communities (Clapton, Holcombe, Ston Easton and Welton) have created posters of old photos and histories, together with artefacts to illustrate some aspects of the history of their villages.

The exhibition shows the social changes that occurred as agriculture gave way to mining and heavier industry.

New Exhibition

From 20th August

75th Anniversary of Double Hill Crash and Arnhem

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Glider crash on Double Hill in Paulton,  the Museum will  display  posters and artefacts relating to the battle of Arnhem and  how the first 23 soldiers lost in that fight died in a Somerset field, less than 3 miles from Radstock.

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

Hunt the Seaside Thimble
Hunt all around the museum, find all the thimbles and discover what made each British seaside town famous in Victorian times. 
Then claim your FREE prize. 

Free activity with
standard admission between 20th July and 1st September 

All tickets are annual so you can return free for 12 months!

The Victorians Go Travelling Abroad

Children's Arts and Crafts Morning at Radstock Museum on Thursday 29th August, 10am-12noon. 

Lots of crafts from other countries with a Victorian theme. 

Children 1 year and over £3. Adults £1.

Adults with Discovery Cards Free


Children's Colouring Competition
Collect a colouring sheet from the Museum or download one from our website. Then hand in your completed colouring sheets at the Museum by 30th September
2 Age categories: 7 and under, and over 7. 
Winners and their parents / carers will be invited to the Museum for some 20th birthday cake and a prize.
ALL entries will be on display during October Half Term Holiday. 

Meet the Experts

During a number of Saturdays over the summer the Museum is welcoming a variety of experts who are coming to talk about their skills and demonstrate what they do.

This is free with your normal Museum admission, which is valid for 12 months.

See the website for the programme.

Family History Research
Saturday 27 July 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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. 
The event also involves one of the Museum's community partners, solicitors Thatcher + Hallam LLP. Partner George Persson, along with Michelle Jorden will be on hand to answer any queries regarding Wills and what is involved in making one. If Museum visitors attending the event book an appointment that day to make a straightforward Will with Thatcher + Hallam, they will receive a special one-off price of just £99 plus VAT for a single Will and £149 plus VAT for a double Will.  
Historic Tools and Trades
Twine, Rope and Sailmaking 

Saturday 10 Aug 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Two experts will be demonstrating and answering questions about their historic subjects. So if you want to know more about the tools people used in bygone days and how our ancestors provided rope and sails for sailing ships, come along. 
Five Arches - Summer Edition
Issue 94 of Five Arches is now on sale. The latest crop of articles include a tribute to Alex Hann, the last Superintendent of the Somerset Mines Rescue Service and long-standing friend of the Museum. Serendipitously, we have two more articles linked to mine safety in this issue: the first, from John Gibson, looks at evacuating a colliery (New Rock) and the second, from the late Barry Maule, explores the role of 'the miner's friend' - invented by colliery clerk Walter Sylvester.

Among the other subjects for you to explore: Dennis Chedgy has been retracing his first ramble and setting the record straight about a murder; Keith Trivett has been delving into the political scrap books of Percy Hurd; Trisha Heckbert considers the cads and bounders of the Poor Law system; Derek Hunt tells us about a Great War hero in the Second World War; and Museum volunteers celebrate the 20th anniversary of the move from Haydon to the Market Hall in Radstock.

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The Shop
Special Offer on Mugs, Cups and Coasters 
Eco-coffee cups  were £7.00              now £6.00
Radstock Museum mugs £7.00          now £5.50
Radstock Museum coaster £2.50       now £2.00



20th Anniversary in the Market Hall

To celebrate the Museum's  20th Anniversary in the Market Hall, the Museum Trustees, supported by the Museum Friends, laid on a reception for Museum volunteers and local Dignitaries (the Chair of BANES and the Mayors of Radstock and Midsomer Norton).

We were particularly delighted that 4 members of the original team (Peggy Rowe, Stephen Marks, Dr Charles Chilcott and Bob Taylor) who spearheaded the Museum project were able to attend as without their drive and enthusiasm the Museum would not be thriving in the Market Hall today.

Meet the Experts
We are about half way through our programme of expert afternoons, which have been thoroughly enjoyed by our visitors.

Many thanks to the experts who gave up their time to come and teach us about their skills 
The photos above show Peter Leach printing, Pam Mitchell spinning, Martin Horler guarding, Christina Charles-Bayliss leatherworking.
Work Experience 
During the week of 16 July the Museum ran a successful work experience programme for 2 local students (from Norton Hill and Somervale schools) who had a busy week finding out how the Museum is run.
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