Frome Heritage Museum has a full programme of activities, development projects and activities for visitors. Here are some recent news items.
The Queen’s visit to Frome in 1966
As we continue to remember Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we know that many older Frome residents recall her visit to the town with Prince Philip in June 1966.
Their trip included a visit to the Royal Bath & West Show at Shepton Mallet. They arrived in the area on Thursday 2 June, visited Earl and Countess Waldegrave at Chewton House, Chewton Mendip and were then driven to Frome to board the Royal Train.
They entered Frome from the direction of Nunney, heading along the Butts and down Butts Hill. They then turned into Christchurch Street East, drove along Portway and into Station Approach, where they were met by the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Lord Hylton of Ammerdown.The streets of Frome were decorated with bunting and thousands of people lined the route.
The Queen later wrote to the Clerk of Frome Urban District Council, via Lord Hylton, to say she had been “deeply touched” by the reception she received.
Please let us know if you have any photographs of the Royal visit you would like to donate or that we can copy for our collection.
The image below, from the issue of the Somerset Standard dated 10 June 1966, shows Her Majesty arriving at Frome station.
In January 2022 the museum launched this new website, designed to introduce the Museum and give a taste of the history of Frome to residents and visitors alike.
If there are any subjects on the site that interest you and you’d like to know more, please come and visit us. We are right in the centre of Frome!
And if you have any artefacts or information you would like to pass on to us, or would like to share your comments, please feel free to contact us.
Your Apse from your Elme
An intriguing book from 1984 recently re-surfaced in the Museum. ‘A Glossary of Building Terms Used in England from the Conquest to c.1550’ was compiled by Eric Gee PhD, FSA, FR.Hist.Soc, edited by Michael McGarvie FSA and published by the Frome Historical Research Group, a scion of the Frome Society for Local Study. Please contact the Museum if you would like to view it.
The Frome Society for Local Study (FSLS) and the Museum are partners and work closely together. The museum is delighted to have received various donations recently from FSLS. They are a significant addition to the Museum’s collections. Please contact us if you would like to know more.
Sylvia Green Donation
We recently accepted a major donation from the Sylvia Green archives. Sylvia was a wonderful artist and a remarkable woman whose work is also held in the V&A’s collections. Some of the material we were given was displayed in our recent exhibition, ‘Celebrated Women of Frome’. The donation is a valuable addition to the museum’s material on the history of Frome.
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