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News Update - April 2019

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

Feb 1st -          Model Exhibition
Apr 28th      

Apr 2nd            Bygone Days Talk

Apr 5th             Memories over Elevenses

Apr 5th             Dragons' Den

Apr 6th - 22nd   Easter Eggspedition 

Apr 11th           Easter Eggstravanganza - Children's Event

Apr 13th/14th   Vintage 0 Gauge Layout Operating  

Apr 16th           Science in Radstock Talk

Details of all the events and exhibitions are here

Model Exhibition

Until 28th April 2019

The Museum's exhibition,

"Model Engineering - Micro, Macro, Meccano"

will run until 28th April.

We have both GWR and also S&DJR rolling stock on display, side by side as they would have been when both companies were running trains through Radstock just outside the Market Hall, which is now the Museum.

We have models of aeroplanes from the early years of powered flight.

You can see many coal related Meccano models, some of which are able to be operated.

There is also one more weekend with an operating railway layout specially brought into the Museum, as listed in the diary above.

Don't miss this great chance to see the amazing models which are on display.

Villages Exhibition

30th April - 18th August
Our next temporary exhibition starts on 30th April.

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 will show the social changes that occurred as agriculture gave way to mining and heavier industry, and will expose the personal and family histories of both the influential people who were often responsible for the changes and also the villagers whose lives were impacted.

Memories over Elevenses

5th April - 10:30 am - 12 noon

Are you around on Friday Mornings? Every First Friday of the Month we will be holding "Memories over Elevenses" in our Tearoom. 

The idea is that you come to Radstock Museum for 10:30 am
, maybe with a friend too and perhaps some old photos or objects relating to local history. Then you can enjoy teas, coffees and cakes with other local people and with Lisa Pool, our new Events Manager. There is no charge but any voluntary donation to help with the costs would be much appreciated.

You can show your photos and objects and chat with others about the items, sharing stories or maybe you have a query about a photo or object which other attendees might help you to solve.

These events are being generously supported by Radstock Town Council to whom we are very grateful. 

Dragons' Den - Support Needed

Friday 5th April 4:00 pm 

Big Local Radstock and Westfield is holding its seventh Dragons' Den event at 4:00 pm on 5th April at Pratten's Sports and Social Club in Westfield (BA3 4BD), with a free buffet provided by SWALLOW! 

Lisa Pool, Radstock Museum's event co-ordinator, is pitching for a £500 grant towards the cost of running work experience courses in the Museum for local young people, a really worthwhile project which we hope will get enough votes from the audience to be supported by Big Local.

If you live or work (paid or voluntary) in Radstock or Westfield (which includes Writhlington, Clandown, Tyning and Haydon) then you are eligible to vote, so if you can spare the time please come along and help us to win this money.

Easter Holiday Activities for Children

Easter Eggspedition 6th -22nd April
There is a new Trail for children throughout the Easter holidays.

It runs from 6th to 22nd April during Museum opening hours and is free with normal Museum entry.

Follow the clues and hunt around the Museum for the eggs of British garden birds.

When you have completed the challenge claim your prize!

Easter Eggstravanganza Event

11th  April 10 am - 12 noon
The next Children's event at the museum is an Easter Eggstravaganza on Thursday 11th April 10 am-12 noon.
Entrance is £2.50 per child, one adult per child FREE with additional adults £2.50  
Children will have a chance to make nests with free mini chocolate eggs in, decorate eggs Faberge style, make Easter hats and bonnets and enjoy many more Easter themed arts and crafts. 

A Vintage 0 Gauge Model Railway Layout

13th and 14th April
On Saturday 13th April from 11am - 5pm and Sunday 14th April from 2pm - 5pm Railway Modeller Rebecca Strong will be running her 0 gauge layout which includes vintage Hornby locos from the 1930s and modern locos by ACE, Darstead and Bassett-Lowke. All the buildings such as stations and engine sheds are original, generally pre war.
Re-create the Mystery Photograph

 Competition Now Running

The Midsomer Norton, Radstock and District Journal every week publishes a "Mystery Photograph" of a local scene taken from Radstock Museum's archives, inviting readers to identify the location.

The Journal is now challenging readers who identify the location of the mystery photograph to go out and (safely) take a memorable shot of the same scene today.

The photos will be judged in late May by local photographer Will Nichol who will select the best "Now" photo for every "Then" mystery photo. All the winning photos will be displayed in the Journal alongside the originals and will also be added to the Museum's Archives along with the name of the photographer.

All the submitted photos will be exhibited in the Museum over the summer and the winners will be invited to attend a preview event.  

The competition started in the 28th March Edition of the Journal, shown above, where you can find full details of how to enter etc, or
click here.

Bygone Days

"Cleveland Pools - 
Bath's Hidden Heritage Gem"
by Sally Helvey

7:30pm Tuesday April 2nd
Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton

This talk by Sally Helvey will explain the fascinating history of this 200 year-old swimming pool site by the river in Bathwick which is about to undergo restoration after a 14 year campaign. Sally has many slides to share, from photos of 1960s swimmers through to recent events, and will explain what the future holds for both swimmers and visitors.  She hopes to meet some former swimmers of the Pools amongst the audience, so do come along and say Hello.    

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

Science in Radstock

“It’s all done with Magnets –
Engineering for a Sustainable Future”

by Jon Noble, University of Bath.

7:30pm Tuesday April 16th
Radstock Working Men’s Club

Not a single day goes by without you coming into contact with literally thousands of chemicals. We eat them with our breakfast, brush our teeth with them, clothe ourselves in them. The cars that we drive to work in are made from them and burn them for fuel. Many chemicals are indispensable for our daily lives and our prosperity, and are made on a vast scale.

Jon is a chartered chemical engineer with a career in chemical manufacture and the oil and gas industries. He will present a light-hearted talk covering the intersection between the history of scientific discovery, the future of sustainable chemical manufacturing, and his specific contribution in the form of his PhD research at Bath University.

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


Quartet Community Foundation
The Museum, as a recent recipient of a Quartet Grant, has been asked to help the Foundation with a survey to assess the quality of local life, which will help to inform the Foundation's future projects.

The survey is quick and anonymous and if you would like to participate in this worthwhile project please click here.

At the end of the survey you can nominate a charity to be entered into a draw for a donation of £250.

Dick Graham
1926 - 6 March 2019)
Dick was a founding member of Radstock, Midsomer Norton and District Museum Society, a committed volunteer at Radstock Museum and also a well known and respected local historian. 

Dick spent his childhood in Dartford but was evacuated in 1939 to Peasedown St John. He joined the RAF in 1942 and was posted for several years to both India and Egypt. He maintained his association with the RAF all through his life through his involvement with helping the local Royal British Legion branch with the annual commemoration. 

In Peasedown he met his future wife, Vera Willcox, whom he married in 1949; they enjoyed 54 years of marriage until Vera passed away in 2003.

After leaving the RAF, Dick returned to this area and worked as a printer. In his spare time he built upon his boyhood passion for history by collecting old postcards of the local area and giving talks to raise interest and money towards setting up a museum in the Somerset Coalfield.

He was involved with Radstock Museum right from its very earliest days in Haydon and he was carrying out research at the Museum up until a few months ago.  He wrote 4 books on the history of Peasedown St John and Carlingcott, the sale of which provides a steady income for the Museum thanks to his generosity. He also donated a significant quantity of material to the Museum for its archives, some of which is accessible through our online system.

Notwithstanding all of this, he was also a founding member of Five Arches, the Museum’s local history journal which is now in its 34th year, and a prolific contributor to it over the years. He and fellow historian Dennis Chedgy regularly provided ‘Rambles’, which featured old photographs and snippets on the history of a specific local feature or place.

It was a very fitting final tribute to Dick that a Spitfire flypast took place over Peasedown St John on the day of his funeral.

Dick will be very sadly missed by all of us at the Museum and our thoughts are with his family.

Old Down Inn Quiz Nights
The Old Down Inn runs a regular Quiz Night on the last Thursday of the month during the winter which, in addition to being great fun for the participants, also raises money for a charity selected by the attendees. 

Radstock Museum was very fortunate to be selected as the chosen charity this spring and was delighted to be presented on 28th March with a cheque for £341.20, a magnificent donation.

The photo shows the quizmaster Dave Stock (centre) with Dr Nick Hall (our Chairman) and Old Down Inn landlady Maxine McCluskey.

Thank you to the Old Down Inn and all the Quiz participants for their wonderful support of the Museum.
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