Frome Heritage Museum is located in the centre of the town in our historic listed building built for the Frome Literary and Scientific Institution.
The Museum has extensive Library/Archive collections which contain a wealth of information of interest to local and family historians.
There are two display rooms and a Library, with displays of many local industrial artefacts, maps & photos. The collections include local archaeological and historical artefacts related to the historical development of Frome and district.
A display is devoted to the Butler and Tanner printing works in the town, including an old printing press. Another display exhibits photographs, diagrams, plans and tools from James Fussell’s Ironworks of Mells.
Other displays show items from Bussman Cooper (later Beswicks), the Marston House Fire Engine, local blacksmithying, a Chemist Shop from Bath Street and a collection of Victorian and later costumes.
There is a large selection of photographs, glass negatives and Art Metal Works from the local company Messrs J.W.Singer & Sons Ltd. John Webb Singer was born in Frome and established his art metal work foundry in 1851. They made brass ornaments for local churches and became known through the Oxford Movement within the Church of England which lead to increasing demand for church ornaments. In addition to church ornaments the firm developed the facilities and expertise to create large statues. One of the first statues cast was a copy of General Gordon riding a camel.
1 North Parade
Telephone 01373 454611