Book Titles recently added to our stock list.

Twenty circular walks near Timsbury by Peter Bradshaw, Larry Cunningham and Sue Fraser. £6.

The team of Peter Bradshaw, Larry Cunningham and Sue Fraser have produced another in their popular series of local walking books. Their books combine excellent directions, maps and photographs together with a lot of information about the area around each walk. On sale now in the Museum priced at £6

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Somerset and Dorset Demise by Jeffrey Grayer. £18.50

In commemoration of 55 years since the Somerset and Dorset Railway closed Jeffery Grayer has produced this large book containing 185 colour illustrations. On sale now in the shop at £18.50.

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Somerset photographers 1839 – 1939 by Robin Ansell, Allan Collier and Phil Nichol. £15

This ground-breaking work is not just a dating guide to old photographs, but is also a celebration of Somerset’s photographic history, as seen through the lives and work of nearly 800 photographers. It will appeal to family, local, social and photographic historians, including collectors, as a reliable and indispensable reference source on the subject.

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Somerset; curious and surprising by Jack Sweet. £9.99 in Hardback

In this sunny and cheerful book the author, Jack Sweet, describes the many times and the variety of ways in which the people of Somerset enjoyed themselves – sometime very oddly indeed – in those ‘good old days’ when the world and our lives were simpler.

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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.

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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.

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