Book Titles recently added to our stock list.

On the Trail of the Titfield Thunderbolt by Simon Castens  £8.95.

An illustrated guide to Ealing Studio’s location filming of “The Titfield Thunderbolt” in the blazing hot summer of 1952. The action took place south of Bath recalled in the book through previously unpublished photographs, location maps and a detailed text. It includes a complete list of locations used and how to find them.

Pioneers in Practice: the Vets of Garston House by Lorraine Johnson £18.00.

The story that emerges from Lorraine Johnson’s  book is one that both inspires and astounds, for the Garston Vets were truly revolutionary. From the ground-breaking work caring for the exotic animals at the Chipperfield family inspired Longleat Safari Park to innovative research and the study of early vaccines for farm animals, the vets were true pioneers.

Whether performing a Caesarean section on a camel, stitching a lion’s wounds in an enclosure surrounded by the rest of the pride, undertaking a post mortem on a budgie, or treating a sick tapir – such tasks were all in a day’s work for the vets of Garston House. The life of a country vet in this practice was not for the faint-hearted but it was most certainly never dull.

A Short History of the Radstock Co-operative Society by Nigel Watson.

The Radstock Co-operative Society has been serving the local community for 150 years. Founded in an era when independent co-operative retail societies were springing up all over the country, the Society has endured rocky times, but, when similar societies have long since disappeared, it has emerged stronger and more successful now than at any point in the past.
This book tells the society’s story, from those humble beginnings through scandal and adversity to the flourishing organisation of the current day. It describes the transition of a business always conscious of its role in the community from the days of daily deliveries of bread, milk and other goods to the friendly, well-stocked modern community stores of today.
After 150 years the society manages more stores than it has ever done and remains ambitious to add more. Aiming to be the best community retailer wherever it operates, the Society still places traditional co-operative principles at the heart of everything it does.
In the book Nigel Watson, the author, acknowledges the help he received from the Radstock Museum research team.
This new book is on sale, in the Museum shop, to Museum visitors and the general public.
It is priced at £14.99.

Fourteen circular walks in and around Radstock by Peter Bradshaw, Larry Cunningham and Sue Fraser.

This brand new book, which is priced at £5.00, is published by Radstock Museum.

All the walks in the book start and finish at Radstock Museum. They vary in length from 1.3 to 9.3 miles and include some limited wheelchair/pushchair accessible possibilities. There is a map of each route and clear directions with the points of interest encountered on the way well described; these include many reminders of Radstock’s rich industrial heritage.

The whole publication is ring bound to make it easy to use. It is illustrated in colour throughout with historic photos taken from the Radstock Museum archives and with other contemporary photographs.

Mendip Engineering and the Mendip Car – An Industrial Revolution in Chewton Mendip
by Tom Randall, £12.95
This brand new book, includes a CD of an interview with William Curtis one of the steam lorry drivers who worked for the company in 1908. This unique recording, which was made for the BBC in 1956, was never broadcast or made available until now.

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Mendip Engineering and the Mendip Car

This book is only available from Radstock Museum Shop

Twenty circular walks in and around Timsbury by Bradshaw, Cunningham and Fraser, £4.00.

The book contains directions, maps, colour photographs and information about points of interest for each of twenty routes, all of which start and finish in the centre of Timsbury. Timsbury is fortunate to be surrounded by such attractive countryside and the area is blessed with one of the densest networks of footpaths in the country. Also the area has such a fascinating history, including the coal mines and the coal canal. Great pleasure can be had from walking in it and it is hoped the book will enable more people to share in that enjoyment.

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