newly registered museum with something for all the family.
TO THE MUSEUM IS FREE TO ALL
are a special feature and normally begin during
late spring and last until the autumn.
Museum was first opened in 1992 in an old coach-house in Higher
Backway. In 1999 it moved to the Dovecote Building. It was granted
Full Registration by the Commission for Museums Archives and Libraries
in 2000, which sets the standards for museums nationwide. During
the same year the museum put on two exhibitions: the first was
about the photographic history of the town and its people; the
second described the history of the local railways.Both exhibitions
were well attended, with nearly 1000 visitors during and eight
Museum Society is a Registered Charity (1008144) and is supported
by the South Somerset District Council and Bruton Town Council.
Although entry to the museum is free of charge, voluntary donations
are welcome and these will help to pay for future exhibitions.
parties and bona fide research workers are always welcomed: advance
notice of a visit is helpful via the Community Office, Tel/Fax:
01749 812851 or via the Curator, Tel: 01749 813513.
is a cafe, tourist information office and a toilet with disabled
access and baby changing facilities. Disabled access to the museum
was installed in 2003.
museum has copies of the Parish Registers from
about 1550, all in digital form and the later ones also as photocopies
of the original pages.
See History - Church Registers
Talks begin at 7.30 and conclude no later than 9.00 pm.
All speakers live in, or have close connections
with, the locality of Bruton.
Thursday 9th October:
What the Romans did next: a sequel to last year’s introduction
to the Roman Conquest of the south-west, this talk by archaeologist
and living history presenter, John Smith, will
explore the social, economic and military impact of Roman settlement
Food, farming, society and health: a talk on issues arising from
modern consumer demands for cheapness and quality in the food
we eat presented by local organic farmer and campaigner, Oliver
Thursday 11th December:
An introduction to the didgeridoo: a rare and fascinating musical
treat with the highly accomplished Mark Robson.
Thursday 15th January:
The buildings of Bruton: a slide lecture by Bruton’s architectural
historian, John Bishton.
Thursday 12th February:
The Somerset and Dorset Railway: an account of the much-loved
‘Slow and Dirty’ by Mark Saunders.
Thursday 11th March:
Sustainable living in the woods: Ben Law’s
illustrated lecture on his life as a twenty-first century woodsman
and exponent of permaculture. Ben’s extraordinary and beautiful
self-built home was the subject of a recent and acclaimed TV documentary.
Admission charge: £3 non-members, £2 members
Seating is limited: large parties (ie 10+) should contact the
museum committee prior to the event advertised.