We re-open on 12 March!
The museum will reopen to the public on 12 March with a fresh new look and a new display, ‘The Story of the Frome Hoard’.
This important local discovery is the largest coin hoard found in Britain to date, and the second largest treasure hoard.
Unearthed in 2010 by local metal detectorist Dave Crisp, it comprises 52,503 Roman coins contained in a ceramic pot, and has been dated to the period AD 253 to 293.
The new display showcases a replica of the urn and part of the coin hoard and tells its fascinating story.
Look up at the museum’s large top floor window to see our display for Frome Window Wanderland 2024.
The museum is also on the route of a Kindness Tour of Frome guided walk on 16 March, one of a number of events during Frome Kindness Week (16-22 March).
Read about our collaborative project with OpenStoryTellers and Bath Spa University, listen to one of our volunteers, Chris de Groot, being interviewed about the museum on BBC Radio Somerset and learn about our Object of the Month for February.
The museum is entirely run by volunteers and we are always delighted to welcome new members to the team.
Stained glass surprise
Rev Jeff Hopewell, an expert on the 19th century Frome stained glass manufacturer Horwood Bros has confirmed using old company invoices that a section of stained glass at the museum was originally in Christ Church, Oxford, probably on the south side. It was given to the museum by the renowned stained glass artist Patrick Reyntiens when he replaced all the glass at Christ Church in 1983.
The invoice Rev Hopewell has found refers to the holly pattern on the museum’s piece and to the same ‘seven panes painted on obscured glass’. There is also a distinctive root device on the first pane that is seen on other similar items manufactured by Horwood Bros.
A few other pieces in the same style, with different foliage variants, have been identified by Rev Hopewell in houses and churches. However, examples are rare as these plainer pieces of glass seem to have been a temporary measure provided by the manufacturer until donors were found, or funds raised, to pay for more colourful, complex and expensive stained glass.
Although the museum’s public galleries will be closed during the winter months, our collections resources will remain available, with notice, for private research.
There will be no walk-in access during the winter closure period. Please call 01373 454611 to book your appointment.
Alternatively, our online collections catalogue provides digital access to over 23,000 items and records, ranging from photographs to documents and artefacts.