Wells

Local History

LeaderJane K.
Meeting pattern3rd Wednesday, 10:15
VenueWells Museum

Update May 2019

The group is organised by four members who took over the organisation two years ago. It has always had a healthy membership but is now going from strength to strength. We are now based in the Wells Museum which we feel is conducive for informative talks. We have had a variety of speakers and try , where possible to use those with links to local affairs. These have included:

  • A visit to the Bishops Palace with a guided tour,
  • A landowner from Wall Eden Farm near Highbridge - who has found an abundance of artefacts on his land including Roman,
  • A talk from a member entitled “Royal Operations” --if only the Royals knew we were talking about their bodies and what they had done!

The Museum celebrated WW1 with a brilliant exhibition depicting the trenches, and the Curator gave us insight into this with a tour and explanation. This was followed by two students who had researched the lives of some patients from the now disused, Mendip Hospital, once called the Somerset and Bath Pauper Lunatic Asylum. Linked to this, we shall be visiting the old Mendip Hospital cemetery in the near future with a guided tour.

The Wells City archivist told us about women’s suffrage in Wells and then we heard about the history of Clarks of Street, the shoe makers.
A lifelong employee of Fry’s of Keynsham spoke about the history of chocolate and chocolate making AND he made chocolate for us to taste. That must make a talk good!
Wells Town Crier was our next visitor who gave a very humourous account of his post.

Our latest speaker gave insight into the lives of the “Lake Poets” - Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey who all spent time in and around Somerset.
We are also very fortunate to have a member who researches widely. She has previously written about Victorian schools in Somerset so her talk told us something about the teachers at that time. My - how times have changed!

Our programme is organised well into next year. If you think you would like to find out more about Wells and Somerset, we will be pleased to welcome you at the Museum.

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