Latest News

Latest News

Frome Heritage Museum has a full programme of activities, development projects and activities for visitors. Here are some recent news items.

New winter window displays at the Museum

We have two new window displays for the winter season.

One shows a map and index to the underground water courses in Frome in 1812 and and the other shows our collection of Legal documents.

Please stop and take a look when you’re passing.

January’s Object of the Month

January’s object is a sign for Tappers fish and chip shop, which was located at the top end of Woodland Road in Keyford. The building is no longer there and the site is now a garage workshop behind 12 Keyford.

Mr Tapper built and opened the  chip shop in 1936 and passed it on to his son-in-law HT (Hubert) Spearing, who is shown on the sign as the proprietor. The chip shop was open continuously from 1936 until it closed in the early 1980s.

Read more here about Hubert Spearing’s very successful racehorse!



HMS Thunderbolt exhibition: 14 March – 29 April 2023

Our first exhibition of 2023 will tell the story of HMS Thunderbolt, a submarine ‘adopted’ by the town during World War II and sunk on 14 March 1943.

As well as featuring HMS Thunderbolt, the exhibition will include the stories of other vessels either adopted by, or associated with, the town, plus the stories of some naval personnel from Frome who lost their lives during the two World Wars.

A series of related events is being prepared, in liaison with various organisations such as the Royal Navy Association, to mark this anniversary, including a service at St. John’s and a lecture.

Over 250 visitors came to our Christmas Open Weekend 2022!

More than 250 people came to the museum during our Christmas Open Weekend to see the tree, decorations and tableau, meet the team and enjoy some festive treats.

Thanks to you all. We hope you enjoyed your visit and will come to see us again when we re-open in the Spring.




Frome Timeline – now available to buy as a map

You may have seen the 8-metre Frome Timeline on the walls of the Museum, showing the major events that have taken place in and around Frome from its founding in 685 to the present day.

Now you can buy a copy for yourself from the Museum for just £12, in a handy format to read and study at home.

Please visit the Museum during opening hours to purchase your Timeline Map. We will be closing for the winter at the end of November, so don’t delay if you want to secure a copy for yourself, or as a Christmas gift.

Frome Museum is extremely grateful to to the principals and staff of Dennis Maps who printed the Timeline Map for us. Dennis Maps is a preferred supplier to Ordnance Survey, who of course require the very highest standards of production. We are honoured to have had the same quality of print work applied to our Timeline Map.

Dennis Maps is based in Frome, on the Marston Trading Estate, Unit 2, Grove Lane, BA11 4AT.