The Research Group consists of several enthusiastic Friends working on a variety of projects relevant to the Rural Life Museum. Over the years more than a dozen publications have been produced and are on sale in the Museum Shop and on our website. Currently research papers produced by members of the Group are being put on the website.
The Oral Archive of the Somerset Rural Life Museum was started in a small way in 1973 and has been added to over the years. There are now nearly 700 recordings in the Collection and it continues to steadily grow. Click here for details
Photographs of historic Somerset that have been unseen for decades are being revealed thanks to a group of volunteers from the Friends of the Somerset Rural Life Museum who are digitising thousands of images from the mid-1800s onwards.
The photographs are part of our collection and encompass people, places, crafts, rural industries and local events. They document ordinary Somerset villagers as well as the squire in the 'big house'. Images in the collection include early carnival floats pulled by working horses, cider makers, cheese makers and blacksmiths, and children at small village schools. They also show the changes in the Somerset Rural Life Museum itself since it was set up in 1974.
A history of the Nordrach-sur-Mendip TB hospital Click here
Stories from Agricultural Shows Click here
Dinder and the legend of the dragon Click here
Priddy Mineries Click here
The Foundlings Museum Click here
Sidney White - cheesemaker par excellence Click here
Strawberries without cream Click here
The Jewel on our doorstep Click here
The Transcriber's tale Click here
Mendip Mines annd Quarries Click here
Chewton Mendip village Click here
Charterhouse Click here
Agricultural Societies in Somerset 1799 onwards Click here
The Mills of Croscombe Click here
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