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News Update - August 2018

Items in this Update cover:
  • Dates for your diary
  • Exhibitions
  • Events
  • Talks
  • Five Arches
  • The Tearoom
  • News
Full details are below or on our website.
Dates for your Diaries

Sep 3rd       30th Annual Miners' Reunion 

Sep 14th     The Romans in the Somer Valley talk

Sep 18th -   Exhibition  "World War I and how it changed us"
Nov 30th

Sep 18th     Science in Radstock talk

Oct 2nd       Bygone Days talk

Oct 16th      Science in Radstock talk

Oct 27th      "Trash or Treasure" Event

Oct 29th      Annual Fossil Hunt 


Details of all the events and exhibitions are here

New Exhibition

The autumn exhibition will illustrate, in words and pictures, the subtle changes that the Great War of 1914-18 brought about in the villages of the Somerset Coalfield and describe the many positive changes that took place after the war within the village communities.

The absence of the men had created working opportunities for the women while they were away; but when the surviving men returned to their previous roles what effect did this have on these women?

The exhibition will include contributions from the villages and towns of Buckland Dinham, Camerton, Clapton, Clutton, Midsomer Norton, Paulton, Radstock, Shoscombe and Welton.

Included will be the story of the Beauchamp Girls of Welton; presented by Museum Trustee and Local Historian, Tom Randall.

Annual Miners' Reunion
Full details are on our website events page.
Somer Valley Walking Festival

Somer Valley Walking Festival is now in its third year and takes place on 14 - 16 September.  Its aim is to encourage local people and visitors to explore the beauty of the area’s countryside and discover its rich heritage.

The Festival starts on Friday 14th at 7:30 pm in the Museum with a talk on the Romans in the Somer Valley, see below for details.

For details of all the walks in the Walking Festival's programme click here.

Trash or Treasure Fundraising Event
Last year the Museum and Killens (Mendip Auction Rooms) ran a very successful "Trash or Treasure" event where people could bring items for valuation by experts. 

Killens very generously also donated their commission on any items which were subsequently sold in their Mendip Auction Rooms. 

Make a note in your diary and start sorting through your lofts and garages, because we are repeating the event on Saturday 27 October from 10am - 4pm at the Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton. Full details on our website.


The Romans in the Somer Valley 

7:30 pm Friday September 14th
Radstock Museum

To kick off the Somer Valley Walking Festival, on Friday 14th September at 7:30 pm, Stephen Clews of Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Heritage Team and Manager of the Roman Baths, will deliver a talk in Radstock Museum entitled  "The Romans in the Somer Valley" 

For further details see our website or to book a place call 01761 437722

Science in Radstock

Discovering and Developing New Cancer Treatments
 by Matthew Lloyd, University of Bath

7:30 pm Tuesday September 18th
Radstock Working Men's Club

The autumn season of Science in Radstock talks is almost upon us with talks on the third Tuesday of the month starting in September. The first talk is on new treatments for cancer, which had originally been scheduled for October.

Modern medicine often exploits differences between diseased and ‘normal’ cells to develop new treatments. Levels of the protein AMACR are increased in prostate and other cancers and these increased levels appear to drive aggressive behaviours by the cancer. Studies have suggested that stopping AMACR from working could be an effective way of treating these cancers. This talk will describe the general approaches to identifying and developing a new treatment based on blocking AMACR function. This work has been funded by Prostate Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK and others.

Full details are on our website.

Bygone Days

The Kilmersdon Gravity Incline and Colliery,

by Norman Andrew.

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

Bygone Days talks are on the first Tuesday of the month and the first talk, in October, is all about the Kilmersdon Gravity Incline and Colliery.

It is a “then and now” talk, based around Norman’s childhood memories and his recent re-visit to the area, with illustrations 
about the operation of the coal wagon incline and the basic workings of the pit taken in the context of the Somerset coalfields back in the day.

As a train spotting youth in the sixties Norman spent every summer holiday with his grandma Marshall in Radstock. His uncle Bill worked down Kilmersdon pit at Haydon and Norman played on the railway!

Full details are on our website.

Five Arches

The Summer 2018 Issue of Five Arches (Issue 91) is now on sale in the Museum Shop for £4. Subscriptions are available (which would make an excellent Christmas present!).

Articles cover a diverse range of subjects as always and in this issue there is an emphasis on some of the anniversaries which are being celebrated this year, specifically:

Timsbury Co-op's manager Clifford Thomas Ruddock, J.P.: “a man whose word was his bond”, by Cynthia Crocker

Suffrage and Socialism – Joan and Kay Beauchamp Pt1: their family background by Tom Randall

A history of the Great War, Pt.12: conclusion, William Peacock

VADs, the real ‘Very Adorable Darlings’, by Gill Hogarth


The Tearoom
The Museum Tea Room is open from 2pm with last service at 4.30pm, every day apart from Monday when the Museum is closed, and from 11am on Saturday.

You do not have to pay for Museum entry to use this facility and can pop in anytime for delicious cakes, tea and coffee. We also stock a range of cold drinks and snacks.  
We have recently redecorated and themed the tearoom to represent a railway buffet from around the 1940s, think “Brief Encounter”!

We have background sounds of steam trains and also newspapers from the time which you are welcome to read and be transported back to that era.

Our volunteers would be delighted to serve you and will give you a friendly welcome. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Tactile Exhibits
In addition to our smell boxes we now have some tactile exhibits of fossils, with Braille labelling, which are placed at waist height for easy access.  It is hope that we can build on this and improve further the accessibility of our exhibits.
RADCO Charity of the Year
Museum volunteers would like to thank sincerely the Radstock Co-operative Society members who voted for Radstock Museum to be one of their chosen charities for 2018/19 at this year’s AGM which took place in June. 

The Society has strong links with the Museum and has supported the annual Miners Reunion lunch for several years. More recently, the Museum reciprocated by dedicating this year's summer exhibition, running until the end of August 2018, to the history of Radstock Co-op celebrating its 150th anniversary year. The Museum also played host to a book launch and book signing event to promote the publication of the Society’s history book capturing the last century-and-a-half. 

Nick Hall, the Museum’s Chairman was presented with a cheque for £1,000 by Jeremy Fricker, the Society’s President signifying the start of the year as chosen charity and we look forward to forging even stronger bonds with the Society in the future.
Grant for Printing Press Refurbishment
We have received a grant from Midsomer Norton Town Council which will enable us to refurbish some of our printing presses. Once completed the presses can provide local people with hands on opportunities to learn about printing.

The Museum is very grateful for the Council's generous support.
Meet the Victorians at the Seaside
This summer's children's school holiday summer event saw volunteers in Victorian bathing suits and children enjoying a morning of craft activities including "hook a duck", and taking photos of themselves behind the Victorian Bathing Buddies photo board with holes cut for their faces to poke through.

The Museum themed the activities on the Victorian seaside and sea creatures, making all sorts things such as Victorian bathing machines, windmills, fish and puppets. The children were then all treated to a free ice-cream.
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