Frome is a small, but quickly growing, town at the far eastern edge of the county of Somerset, dating back to at least 685AD.
The surrounding hills dip gently down to the River Frome at the centre of the town, with one of only two river bridges in England (the other is in Bath) which has shops along its length.
Close by the bridge is Frome Museum which is completely independent and run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. We do not receive any regular sources of external income and although entry is free we rely very much on donations.
Our origins lie in the 1956 Frome Historical Exhibition which led to the formation of the Frome Society in 1958. Today we are the proud owners of the iconic “Frome Literary and Scientific Institution” building which opened in 1869.
The Museum is a veritable treasure trove of information and objects and has two exhibition galleries. The first houses a permanent collection, while the second houses our temporary exhibitions. Things are changing as we explore new ways of telling our story and explaining our heritage. We believe that it is also important to tell the story of Frome’s place nationally and in the wider world.
Our vision is to explore, understand and share the rich heritage of the area with the community and with visitors. We want to hear your views. What would you like to see at the Museum? In a recent survey, for example, many of our youngest visitors were clear that fossils came up trumps.
We involve local collectors and our Cabinet of Curiosity is popular. Displays change monthly and collectors of all ages are telling us about the items they collect and what it means to them.
Frome Museum aims to collect, preserve, research, display and educate the public about the human and natural history of the town and surrounding villages.
We welcome feedback about any aspect of the Museum so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or send us a request.
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Our mailing address is: Frome Heritage Museum, 1 North Parade, Frome, Somerset BA11 1AT
Telephone: +44 (0)1373 454611
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We look forward to hearing from you.