Book Titles recently added to our stock list.
Frome Fables by Keith Browning. £14.99
Focusing on a group of Somerset folk this book tells the story of the general migration of the population from the fields of Somerset to the coalfields and factories in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Sections of the book centre around the early inhabitants of Peasedown and the Dunkerton valley.
Deepest Somerset. Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie- Weir (Ed). £25.
A new book, Deepest Somerset, was published on September 23rd. It is a celebration of the people and the history of the county, recounting its contemporary and traditional cultural life and its industrial past and present. It includes a brief history of the Somerset Coalfield written by Museum Librarian, Tom Randall, and an account of Kilmersdon wassailing by Trustee, Martin Horler. Illustrations were selected from the museum archives by our current Chairman, Simon Carter.
Its production has been funded by the Rothermere Foundation and proceeds from its sales benefit three Somerset charities, Children’s Hospice South West, the Farming Community Network (Somerset), and the Somerset Community Foundation. It is produced to a very high standard in hard-back only with full colour illustrations throughout its 246 pages. It is the third book in the series, the other two being Deepest Wiltshire and Deepest Dorset.
It costs £25, £5 of which goes to our Museum, and is now available in the Museum shop or by Mail Order from the Museum.
Somerset Slow Travel Guide by Norm Longley £13.99.
This new guide to the idyllic and popular county of Somerset from expert author and Somerset resident Norm Longley is ideal for both visitors and locals alike with its mix of visitor information, history, culture and anecdote, not to mention coverage of wildlife, birdwatching, walking, cycling and other outdoor activities. Accommodation and restaurants – and cider – are covered, too: as Longley himself says, he often spends weekends ‘roaming the Somerset countryside in search of exciting and/or novel things to do – or at the very least, hunting down good food and drink.’
Divided into seven easy-to-explore geographical regions, from Bath and north Somerset through Wells and the Mendips to Exmoor National Park and International Dark Sky Reserve, this is an indispensable companion for everyone from culture devotees to outdoor adventurers, birders to beach lovers, transport enthusiasts to event-goers, families to foodies. The Somerset Levels are covered, and so too are Quantock and Blackdown Hills, the coast, and east and south Somerset.
Of Mounds and Men. Prehistoric Barrows of the Frome Area, by Mick Davis. £12.00.
The Frome Area here covers parts of the Somerset Coalfield which is appropriate since much of the book devoted to the work of the Rev. John Skinner, of Camerton and includes both his original notes and reproductions of his many evocative coloured sketches. Associated folklore is contributed by the late Leslie Grinsell.
Local, Loud, Left-Wing and Proud. The Labour 1987 General Election campaign in Woodspring, North Somerset, by Dave Chapple. £5.00
This is also the story of what North and East Somerset was like in the remaining years of traditional working class labour in the Somerset Coalfield villages and provides biographical notes on the early C20th labour politicians from the area.
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