Welcome to Radstock Museum News Update
View this email in your browser

News Update - November 2016

Items in this Update cover:
  • Dates for your diary
  • Events
  • Christmas Shopping at the Museum
  • The Friends of Radstock Museum
  • Last opportunity to get donations doubled
  • Talks (Science in Radstock and Bygone Days)
  • News
  • Exhibitions
Full details are below or on the website.

Dates for your Diaries

There are a few events in the lead up to Christmas which we hope you will support or will encourage others to support. Details can be found on our website.

Remember that the Museum closes for December and January, apart from the Events below

Tues 15 Nov 7:30 pm Science in Radstock talk, Working Mens Club

Fri 25 Nov  7:30 pm fund raising Quiz Night in the Radstock Hotel.

Thurs 1 Dec  7:00pm Museum Society AGM in the Museum, followed by the Skinner lecture.

Sat 3 Dec  A Victorian Christmas in the Museum and Radstock Christmas light switching on ceremony at the Mine Wheel. Shop/Tearoom open.

Sat 10 Dec 10:00 to 4:00  Christmas Fayre. Shop/Tearoom open 

Sat 17 Dec  11:00 to 3:00   Shop open.  


 Quiz Night at the Radstock Hotel

16 teams of 4 masterminds will be battling it out in a Pub Quiz on Friday 25th November at 7:30 for 8pm start in the Radstock Hotel skittle alley, to raise funds for the restoration of the Market Hall Clock. We hope that when the quiz night contribution is added to the money we have raised already we will be very close to being able to start the first phase of work to get the bell striking again!

£4:50 per person, pay at the door,  which includes buffet supper, cash prizes and a cash bar. There is also a raffle with lots of prizes, including restaurant and butcher's vouchers, a hamper, wine and a wonderful hand made cushion depicted above.
We are now fully booked  but to go on our reserve list in case a team drops out please email . 
Details on the website  
Events  page. 

 Museum Society AGM

The AGM of the Museum Society will be held in the Museum on Thursday 1st Dec at 7:00 pm. All Society members and volunteers are welcome to attend.

The AGM will be followed by the Skinner Lecture "The 300 year Dig - the story of the Roman Baths in Bath" given by Stephen Clews, Society Trustee and Curatorial Adviser 


 A Victorian Christmas Experience

If you enjoyed the Victorian Event in October why not visit again on December 3rd and see what the Museum dressed up to show what the Victorians did for Christmas, with all sorts of activities and a small exhibition of early Victorian and unusual Christmas cards

The Museum, Shop and Tearoom are open from 11:00 until 5:00 with no entrance charges thanks to a grant from Big Local.

The Victorian Christmas event will be happening between 2:00 and 4:30. It will enthral your children and its also a great opportunity for you to do some Christmas shopping.  For details see the website.

The Christmas Fayre

The Friends of the Museum's ever popular Annual Christmas Fayre will take place on 10th December from 10:00 until 4:00, in aid of the Museum, 

The Museum tearoom and Book Shop, with its extensive range of local history books, DVDs, toys and gifts, will be open all day and entry is FREE.

The Fayre is a great seasonal festive event and an opportunity to buy those special Christmas gifts. Stalls throughout the Museum will be selling an exciting range of goods. There will be a raffle, tombola and bric-a-brac stalls: something on offer for everyone.

Enjoy live festive music too with Ian Piff on his electric keyboard in the morning and Farrington Gurney School in the afternoon.

Sue Gearing and Les Davies will be present to sign copies of their new book "Miles More Mendip" which is on sale in our Shop.
The Shop
Gift Annual Entrance Tickets
How about a gift that will last a whole year? Why not buy someone a gift entry ticket, which for 2017 costs £6 for adults, £5 for concessions and £13 for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children.  Amazing value! And on sale in the Shop now.
Christmas Presents
Are you stuck for what to buy someone for Christmas? The Museum shop offers you a huge stock of books at a wide range of prices. The books are mainly connected to the Somerset coalfields, including railways, canals, mining, local life, history and walks to mention just a few!

Or buy a year's subscription to Five Arches, the Society's Journal.

Museum Christmas cards with a snow scene of Lower Writhlington Colliery and railway in the early 1900s are now on sale. The profit from the cards will go to support the Museum.
We have some great books for children too. You Wouldn't Want to Be... books are just the right mixture of facts and fun. They feature full-colour illustrations which combine humour and accurate technical detail.

You wouldn't want to be a Victorian Schoolchild
(£6.99) by John Malam
This book reveals that growing up in Britain in the 1880s wasn't easy. For a young child in school the going is tough and the punishments are hard. Readers will follow the experiences of Victorian schoolchildren and will learn some top tips on survival at school. Suddenly modern-day school won't seem quite so bad, as readers discover that they really wouldn't want to be a Victorian schoolchild!


You wouldn't want to be a Victorian miner
(£6.99) by John Malam.
As a man brought up a British coal-mining village in the 1860s, you have to endure the dangers and difficulties of working underground in a Victorian mine. Find out how pit ponies are used, how the coal is mined, and how to survive deep underground. You'll soon learn that you really wouldn't want to be a Victorian miner!

You wouldn't want to a Victorian servant
(£6.99) by Fiona Macdonald
This book warns young readers to get ready... as a 12-year-old girl living in Britain in the 1880s, you are about to start work for a wealthy family. You will be busy all day long as a Victorian servant. The humorous illustrations make learning fun, and encourage young readers to engage with the central servant character.

The Friends of Radstock Museum


At a joint meeting between the Museum Company Trustees, the Museum Society Trustees and the Friends of Radstock Museum group it was agreed to develop a community-based fund-raising group for the Museum, to be called the Friends of Radstock Museum. The current Friends, augmented by a small number of Museum volunteers, would form the initial committee of the new group.

The aim of the Friends will be to raise funds for the Museum by organising or helping to organise fund-raising events, by acting as volunteers to support those events and by promoting the Museum and what it offers at every opportunity. 

If you would like to support the Museum in this way, please join the new Friends organisation. It’s FREE, you aren't expected to be on the committee and your membership and support will help the Museum to remain open and to preserve the social and industrial heritage of the former Somerset Coalfield.

To join please click here to enrol. Alternatively you can e mail your details as on the flyer to or drop your details into the Museum by hand or by post.

Donations Opportunities

Double your Donation

The Museum is signed up to Localgiving for either a one off donation or a regular donation through a direct debit. So far we have had £850 in one off donations and have direct debits amounting to about £1200 per year.

Localgiving's match funding scheme called Grow your Tenner which effectively doubles anything up to £10 which you donate is due to end on 17 November and there is still some match funding available in the pot.  

The details of this scheme and a link to the Radstock Museum Localgiving page are on the Museum website's new DONATE webpage.

A huge Thank You to those who have given generously already.


Raise Money While Christmas Shopping

If you are buying any Christmas shopping online please consider signing up to Easyfundraising, so that for everything you buy the Museum will get a donation of between 1 and 3%  of what you spend at no cost to you.

Full details are on our website or go direct to Easyfundraising by clicking here.


Bygone Days talks will start again on the 1st Tuesday in February. Science in Radstock talks conclude on Nov 15th and restarts on the 3rd Tuesday in February.  

Science in Radstock Talk - 15 Nov

On Tuesday November 15th at Radstock Working Men’s Club at 7.30pm Dr Nick Hall will talk on the subject of Biologics

Many areas of medicine are experiencing really significant improvements in available treatments. Much of this is due to our better understanding of the mechanisms that underlie diseases such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. This allows the design of new drugs, many based on antibody structures that specifically target these mechanisms. The talk will illustrate the development of these new ‘biologic’ drugs and compare them with more conventional medicines.

For more details visit the Talks  page of our website.

Five Arches

The next edition of Five Arches, the Museum Society's Journal, will be available in early December. It includes items on William Peacock's memory of the Great War, stories from Radstock Baptist Manse, the impact of the 1895 Timsbury mining disaster on one High Littleton family, a closer look at another item from the collection and a ramble to Holcombe. 

A subscription to Five Arches (£13:00 including p+p for 3 issues) makes an enduring Christmas present.


Bygone Days Talks


Our Bygone Days talks finished this year on a high note with Martin Horler's fascinating talk, delivered in scarlet livery, on the introduction by John Palmer of Bath of the mail coach service which was then adopted by the government and became the Royal Mail as we know it today. He brought along his 1902 coaching horn on which he demonstrated some of the varied calls which were used to signal instructions.

Martin travels all over the country with a team of others plus horses and a mail coach demonstrating how the mail used to be delivered. Martin is also a volunteer, director/trustee and member of the Bygone Days Team at Radstock Museum and we are lucky to have such a knowledgeable and talented person among our team.

BANES Museum Week Successes

The Fossil Hunt


Our annual FOSSIL HUNT on Monday October 24th went ahead despite the damp conditions and was well attended despite the weather! The photo shows some of the volunteers who braved the weather to manage the event. 

Meet the Victorians

Our MEET THE VICTORIANS event on Thursday 27th October was a huge success thanks to the hard work of our education team and other volunteers. As one volunteer remarked "it was great to see the Museum bustling with people of all ages". 
About 60 adults and 75 children enjoying seeing what life was like in the Victorian era and experiencing life in a typical cottage, shopping before self service had been thought of and how people had to make their own clothes, rugs and so on.


Home of Our Delights Display

We are displaying some material linked to the Home of Our Delights project which looked at the effect of WW1 on Mells and Vobster. 

The display is of related items from the King brothers of Vobster.


Pensford and The Harptrees Exhibition

Our current exhibition in the villages and communities series features Pensford and The Harptrees both rich examples of the history of our area; one industrial coal mining with nearby metal working mills on the River Chew, the other truly rural. The picture below shows the damage which was inflicted by the River Chew on the A37 bridge in Pensford after a tremendous storm which hit the South West on 10 July 1968.

Paulton Junior School Exhibition

Unfortunately the Paulton Junior School Exhibition has had to be postponed due to illness. We hope to be able to put on this exhibition in the New Year. Keep watching the website and News Updates for details.

Clandown Claypit Fossil Dig

The Clandown excavation, which was independent of the Museum, is now complete and the Museum is fortunate to have been lent some of the finds to put on display.

Come in and see the rest and more details about the excavation itself!

Copyright © 2016 Radstock Museum, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp