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News Update - October 2019

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

Aug 20th -         Arnhem and Double Hill Exhibition
Nov 29th

Oct 26th            Trash or Treasure

Oct 28th -          Extended Opening Hours
Nov 1st

Oct 28th            Fossil Hunt

Oct 31st            Children's Activity Morning

Nov 5th             Bygone Days Talk on Loss of the Titanic

Nov 19th           Science in Radstock talk on Tides

Nov 22nd          Fundraising Quiz Night

Nov 30th           Children's Christmas Event

Dec 7th             Christmas Fair


Details of all the events and exhibitions are here


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.

Half Term Events and

Longer Opening Hours

28 0ctober - 1 November

We have extended the Museum's normal opening hours every day during the half term week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. On Sunday and Thursday the Museum will be open as normal from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Normal admission charges apply.

Between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm during the week, except Thursday, the Virtual Reality Mine experience will be available complete with scary Halloween characters and there will also be pumpkin bean bag target practice too.

Please check on the website for details.
Lantern Trail

There will be a new Lantern trail for children to do all week, except on Thursday morning.

The trail is included in the standard entrance charge.

Fossil Hunt

On Monday 28th from 2:00 until 4:00 pm there is the annual Fossil Hunt on a local batch, which is free to Discovery Card holders.

Meet at the miner's wheel outside the Museum and make sure you check
the guidance for this event to avoid disappointment.

Children's Carnival Event
On Thursday 31st there is a children's event, based on the theme of Carnival, from 10:00 am until noon.

Entry for BANES Discovery card holding adults and their children/grandchildren is free, with other adults paying £1 and their children £3.

Please note that during this event the Museum galleries/displays are not open.
Fundraising Quiz Night

Friday 22nd November 7:00 pm
Another one of the Museum's popular fund-raising quiz nights will take place on Friday 22nd Nov at 7:00 for 7:30 pm start, in the Radstock Working Men's Club.

Teams of 4 with tickets at £5 per person, payable on the door, which includes a buffet. There will be a raffle and a cash bar.
To book a place for your team, email or phone 01761 437722.

All proceeds will go towards improving the Museum's exhibition space on the mezzanine floor. 

Children's Christmas Event

Saturday 30 November
On Saturday 30th November there is a children's event, based on the theme of Pantomime, from 2:00 until 4:00 pm.

Children (and adults too!) are encouraged to dress the part.

The Radstock Christmas Light Switch on date is not yet confirmed, so watch the website or facebook for details nearer the event.

Museum Christmas Fair

Saturday 7 December

On Saturday 7th December the Museum Friends are holding their annual Christmas Fair, from 10:00am until 4:00 pm.

A great opportunity to buy Christmas gifts from the many stalls, whilst listening to festive music and enjoying refreshments.

Entry is FREE.

Current Exhibition

Only one month left!

75th Anniversary of Double Hill Crash
and Arnhem
Please note that although the Exhibition was planned to close on the 30th and will still be in place until then, there is a children's event on the 30th and hence the last day to see the exhibition properly will be 29th Nov. 

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.

Back in the Day
(Memories over Elevenses)


Memories over Elevenses has been rebranded as Back in the Day (to avoid confusion with our Memory Cafe events).

It takes place on the first Friday of the month, 10:30 am to 12 noon.

The next meeting is 7th February.



Tuesday 5 November - Bygone Days

The Loss of the 
The Tale of Three Captains
On Tuesday 5th November at 7:30 pm Gerry Burdall will deliver an illustrated talk about the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 on her maiden voyage, with the loss of about 1500 lives. 

The talk is in the normal venue of the Somer Centre, Gullock Tyning, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2UH.  Admission £4 in aid of the Museum.

Please check on our website for details.

Tuesday 19 November - Science in Radstock

Mysteries and Misconceptions of Tides

How much do we know about the Tides? Anyone who has been to Weston-Super-Mare will know the importance of tides. High tides, coupled with stormy weather conditions are a serious threat to our coasts. Yet what causes the tides and why are there (usually) two tides a day?  

The presentation, by Dr Ian Brown, will provide explanations with many interesting images. We might even learn how to harvest free energy from the tides!

Ian recently retired from Regent’s University London after 53 years of lecturing to undergraduates. His specialism is making Science appealing to everyone: he is a regular presenter at the Masterclasses for gifted children given at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and their regional centres. 

At Radstock Working Men’s Club, Tues 19 Nov at 7:30 pm
Admission £3. Under 18 years FREE. Details on
the website.

The Shop

The Shop Manager's Role

The Museum Shop volunteer manager has run it very successfully over quite a few years and as a result it is a thriving concern with excellent displays and a well chosen selection of merchandise. It contributes nearly £5000 to the Museum in profits each year!

But she is retiring from her role at the end of the year and the Trustees are seeking a replacement or replacements (if 2 people wish to share the role), but so far without success. The role does not require taking part in or managing the shop till volunteer rota, it is concerned with choosing and ordering stock and ensuring that the displays are in good shape. Consequently some of the role can be done away from the Museum and the remainder in the Shop itself can be done at a time of the manager's choosing.

If the shop does not have a manager then its future is uncertain, which is a serious blow to the Museum, both financially and also in what we offer to visitors.

If you are able to take on this role or part of the role, or you know someone who would take it on, please contact either Nick Hall (
)  or the current shop manager herself ( for more details.
Christmas at the Shop

The Shop stocks a large number of items which would make ideal presents for people who have an interest in the local area and its history, together with a good selection of walking books for the area.

We also have a new range of illuminated prints featuring local scenes from local artist Roger Jones, which are available to order.

Or you could buy a subscription to Five Arches
, the historical journal of the Museum Society which publishes and sends out 3 editions each year. An easy present to give to  someone who has left the area but still wants to keep in touch. 

The Shop is open during normal Museum opening hours and also on Saturdays during December. It also does mail order too.


Donation of Painting
A donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, saw a painting in Frome and, recognising that it was of Writhlington Colliery, thought that Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum should have it on display. 

They generously bought the painting, tracked down the artist and organised for the painting to be given to the Museum.

Amy Yates, who grew up in Peasedown St John and went to Writhlington School,  is pictured here with the painting outside the Museum with Chairman, Dr Nicholas Hall and then during the unveiling.

The artwork is now on display at the Museum with a biography of Amy and how she came to paint this lovely scene. 

The Museum would like to thank both Amy and the donor for this wonderful addition to the collection.

A selection of cards of Amy's paintings will be on sale in the Shop.
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