Special Issues of Five Arches are published occasionally.
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Special Issue of 2014: Before the lamps went out: the Somerset Coalfield on the eve of war.
Written by Keith Trivett, the 2014 special edition, published in August 2014, is available from the Museum shop priced £3.50.
In 1998 we launched the Five Arches special issues with a look back at the Great War. Lest we forget by Keith Trivett looked at how that war impacted on local families.
In 2009, to mark the seventieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, the Five Arches special issue was Keith’s successful investigation of the life in the Somerset Coalfield in the summer of 1939.
Now, in August 2014, as the world marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Keith returns to consider what life was like in the months that preceded it.
Drawing on local newspapers, including The Somerset Guardian and Radstock Observer and the Somerset & Wiltshire Journal, he finds out how everyday life became increasingly dominated by the spectre of and preparations for war.
Special issue of 2009 : Prelude to War: the Somerset Coalfield in 1939
Written by Keith Trivett, the 2009 special edition, published in December 2009, is available from the Museum shop priced £3.00.
As the Country marks the seventieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, Keith Trivett takes a look at life in the Somerset Coalfield on the eve of war. Drawing on the archives of the Somerset Guardian and the Radstock Observer, with a glance at headlines in some of the national newspapers, he finds out how everyday life became increasingly dominated by the spectre of and preparations for war. The newspapers’ archives provided a rich source of information which has formed the basis for this special issue.
Special issue of 2008 : Living off the Land
Written by Richard Maggs, the 2008 special edition is available from the Museum shop priced £3.00.
The topography of Somerset, with its hills, moorlands, river valleys, wetlands, grasslands, meadows and forests, has made Somerset one of the best-recognised counties for agriculture throughout the centuries. This edition offers an insight into aspects of farming in the local area, including material collected for an exhibition at Radstock Museum.
Special issue of 2006 : Transport & Industrial Development in the Somerset Coalfield
Written by Chris Handley, the 2006 special issue was published in December 2006 and is available from the Museum shop priced £3.00.
This overview provides a great starting point for anyone interested in the development of the Somerset Coalfield and its infastructure. A comprehensive bibliography is included.
Special issue of 2005 : Women in Mining Communities
Written by J. Dexter and Dr J. West the 2005 special issue was published in May 2005, and is available from the Museum Shop priced £3.00.
It looks at the role of women in mining communities in the nineteenth century, from research undertaken as part of the
European Culture 2000 Project in which the Museum Society has been involved. Julie Dexter provides a survey of womens’ roles across UK, and Dr John West looks in more detail at the day-to-day lives of the women of Radstock.
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