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Updated Museum Guides are now available from the shop. An excellent way to find out more about the Museum and to take away as a souvenir of your visit.

Also in the Museum Shop whilst the Threads Thro Time exhibition is on we have a selection of embroidery greetings cards, postcards and embroidery kits for sale, as well as some secondhand books on sewing, embroidery and tapestry. 
New books which are on on sale include a brief History of Camerton (£4.99) by Julieann Biggs that covers all aspects of the village of Camerton's past when, as it says on the back cover, "Life Was Grim and Work Was Hard". 
In the Walks section of the shop we have 2 interesting booklets - Bath Gyratory 3 Bridges Walk and Bath Gyratory Stone and Spa Walk both by Barb Drummond and priced at £5.00. They describe circular routes of the central area and east side of Bath and tell of the lesser known but fascinating people and places along the way.

We have been able to procure a screen, pop up banners and some additional reference books thanks to the generosity of BANES Council.


The Museum's current exhibition of embroidery and lace on the theme of Remembrance and entitled  "Threads Thro' Time" has been visited by over 800 people who have been fascinated by the intricate work on show and made many favourable comments. But if you want to see it you only have until Sunday 29 May so please don't put off visiting much longer or you'll miss it!

Exhibition on Tour

The ‘Bath and the Nile Explorers’ touring exhibition continues for a short period and to complement it we have a 'Bath and the Nile Explorers' booklet for sale in the Shop priced at £5.00.

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 the Heritage Lottery Fund and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the closure of the S&D Railway in March 1966.
To celebrate this anniversary we have two new books in the Museum Shop 
The Somerset and Dorset Railway through time by Steph Gillett (£14.99) is a wonderful collection of photographs of the S & D railway in operation, after abandonment and during the present day.

Somerset and Dorset Swansong by Bob Bunyar (£14.95) is the result of extensive research uncovering many interesting stories, pictures and photographs of the S & D.


The Science in Radstock talk on 15 Mar was given by Niels Cross, a civil engineer with huge experience of working on major international construction projects, including the Millennium Dome and the Olympic Arena. Starting from his earliest experiences in Australia in the early 1970s as part of the replacement team who rebuilt the West Gate bridge after it collapsed during construction, he took his audience on a fascinating journey through how the construction industry has changed and specifically how safety is now managed more effectively.

The next Science in Radstock talk  is at the Radstock Working Men’s Club on April 19 at 7.30 when Dr Alexandra de Sousa. will talk on the 


Brain size has increased 3-4 fold in the human lineage. Why are humans such big-brained apes? What do the fossil and archaeological records reveal about the emergence of the human brain and behaviour? Is brain size tied to brain function? Or, are differences in brain structure related to the functional demands of species-specific behaviours? Click here for more details.

The recent Bygone Days talk  by Phillip Hoyland explained the origins and functioning of the local Friendly Societies which provided funds for members in times of need.  Once a year each club would hold a feast day during which club Brasses, which are peculiar to Somerset, would be carried atop staves. An exhibition of these Brasses is in the Museum.
Click here for more details.

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 be issued at the end of April. It will continue the story of William Peacock in the Great War, will look at what this war meant for the women of the coalfields, will look at Edward VIII's contact with the coalfields, will contain an item on the history of Church House in Timsbury, will cover a ramble to the old Church Tower at Pensford  and will give an insight into the local building company WG Parsons and Sons.

The Market Hall Clock
The project to  update, maintain and improve the Market Hall clock and restore its hour strike continues, click here for more details. Some of you may have seen an article in the Somerset Guardian about the history of the clock and what the project aims to achieve. Grant applications are being made and we hope that we will be successful in raising sufficient money before too long.
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