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The Work of theResearch Group

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

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

The Digitised Photographs Archive

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.
see https://www.swheritage.org.uk/archives-projects

Recent Papers

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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