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The Museum's new exhibition of embroidery and lace entitled  "Threads Thro' Time" is now open and has already been seen by a good number of visitors. The exhibition is on the theme of Remembrance and will be open until 29 May.

Exhibition on Tour

The ‘Bath and the Nile Explorers’ touring exhibition has just arrived at Radstock Museum for a short period. It offers a glimpse into Victorian exploration, empire, and the advancement of science – when explorers Burton, Speke and Livingstone and the President of the Royal Geographical Society, Sir Roderick Murchison, met in September 1864 for the British Association meeting in Bath. This story is brought up to date with perspectives on the 21st century Nile and contemporary Nile explorers.
To complement this new display we have a 'Bath and the Nile Explorers' booklet for sale in the Shop priced at £5.00.

Brass Emblems Exhibition
In conjunction with the forthcoming Bygone Days talk the Museum is staging a special exhibition of West Country Village Friendly Society Brass Emblems from 8th March. For details click here

S & D Railway Trust Exhibition
From 17 June to 17 July the Museum will be hosting a mobile exhibition compiled by the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust which is based in Washford. The exhibition is funded by HLF and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the closure of the S&D Railway in March 1966


The Science in Radstock talk on 16 Feb was given by Colin Hunt, reservoirs project engineer of Bristol Water, who enlightened his audience on the history of Bristol Water’s 14 large raised reservoirs from the early 1800s to today. He gave us a fascinating insight into how reservoirs are designed to be safe and how much work has to be done each year to maintain this level of safety.

The next talk  will be held at the Radstock Working Men’s Club on March 15th at 7.30pm.
The speaker will be Niels Cross. He will tell of his experiences overseeing some prestigious and iconic engineering projects of recent years. These include the Millennium Dome, the Emirates Stadium; the O2 Arena and the Olympic Stadium, for details click here

The Bygone Days talk on ‘West Country Friendly Societies and their Brass Emblems’ will be given by Phillip Hoyland in Radstock Museum on 1st March at 7:30pm,for details click here
Friendly Societies were formed by like-minded people in order to alleviate financial hardship in times of sickness, death and old age. They flourished from the 18th century into the 20th century.

5 Arches Journal 

The latest issue of Five Arches – Issue 83: Winter 2015 is now available from the Museum shop priced £3.50. 

Amongst its many items of local interest, it includes articles on greyhound racing at Clandown, the changing landscape at Paulton, the Great War and the Midsomer Norton Piano Accordion Band. 

The next edition will continue the story of William Peacock in the Great War, will look at what this war meant for the women of the coalfields and will give an insight into a local building company.

School Visits

The education team has been busy hosting visits of more than 180 children from Huish County, Evercreech, Fosse Way and St Saviour's primary schools. 


The redecoration of the Tearoom, Shop, Foyer and Stairs is complete at a total cost of £5,500 which has been partially funded by grants from Big Local, the Friends of the Museum and the Ralph and Irma Sperring Charity. The Museum Trustees thank these organisations for their generous support. 


The Museum has been awarded a grant for replacing the emergency lighting with lights which are up to the most modern standards and are much more energy efficient. We are very grateful to Radstock Town Council for so generously funding this work. 


In the Museum Shop we aim to offer items related to special exhibitions as well as the permanent collection. For the current 'Threads thro Time' exhibition we have a selection of embroidery greetings cards, postcards and embroidery kits for sale, as well as a range of new and second hand books on sewing, embroidery and tapestry. 
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