The Wincanton and District Museum and Heritage Society held its AGM on the 25th January followed by a very interesting talk by Graham Miller, and his wife Laura, entitled The History of Shepton Mallet prison. Around 35 people were in attendance.
Shepton Mallet prison closed in 2013, after approximately 400 years is service. At the time of its closure it was the oldest operating prison in the United Kingdom. It had held, at any one time, 189 prisoners. But this Grade 11 Listed Building has a vast history.
On Friday 23rd November 2018 The Wincanton and District Museum and History Society, held a very interesting talk by Phillip Scholfield, entitled “Paul Maze, the Last of the Impressionists”.
Phillip Schofield had first come across this remarkable man whilst a schoolboy – finding Paul Maze’s book in the school library. This led to a lifelong interest in his paintings, and his life.
In this issue:
- Historical Talks
- Latest Acquisitions
- Research Projects
- Other Somerset Museums
- Military Matters
On Friday 29th June 2018 Wincanton and District Museum and History Society held a very interesting talk by Gill Cleverley entitled “A buzz in the air”. Gill’s talk is outlined below, Continue reading
In 1948 a momentous marriage took place between a black African chief and a white Englishwoman. This scandalised so many that it nearly caused the downfall of the Atlee Government, the break up of the Commonwealth and the British production of atomic bombs. Continue reading
Nigel introduced John to the Town Council who were all given a leaflet summarising Bioletti’s life and they both spoke of how publicising Bioletti and John’s book Surviving Napoleon could make a positive effect on Wincanton the wider his remarkable story is known. The possibility of getting a Blue Plaque for his home in the High Street was raised and the response of the council who have been given a copy of the book to circulate amongst them, seemed very positive and the Town Clerk, Ms Sam Atherton also spoke of the stream of Bioletti descendants who have already been visiting Wincanton to see where he lived and to get a copy of the book. Both John and Nigel felt the meeting had gone very well.
At the invitation of Shirley our Librarian John Baxter gave his talk and Power Point presentation on Alberto Bioletti Continue reading
Count Chalrles de Salis has for many years had a special interest in researching the life and times of Napoleon so it will be fascinating to hear from him about what happened in 1789 and how that led to the rise of Napoleon. This should be a particularly interesting talk. Continue reading
Our AGM took place promptly at 7.pm and our Chairman Nigel Fox presented a report for the year which included the news that he and others have been investigating possibilities for the museum to expand in conjunction with the library, Continue reading