Museum Artifacts



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Museum Report January 2012 This lengthy paper aims to brief the membership on the major success of the new Museum of Somerset and to report the measures taken by the Board to establish oversight of our museum collection in consultation with Somerset County Council (SCC).
" That the said Edward Studd's ship is called the Taunton Castle, is belonging to the port of London, is of the burthen of 1246 tons; square stern, British built, figure head, has 3 masts ;........
SANHS Museum Collection Panel The panel was established by order of 22 October 2011 of the Board of the Society ‘to discuss and approve the next [museum] forward plan to provide a renewed basis of understanding and to enable the museums service to submit to the renewal of its Accredited status, a benchmark to demonstrate it meets minimum standards of care, management and access.’ TORs can be downloaded. Download
The Allerton Cope dates from the later fifteenth century or first part of the sixteenth century. The cope is decorated with a type of embroidery called opus anglicanum, the Latin designation for English medieval embroidery. The background material is made of satin weave silk (probably Italian). It is embroidered principally with silver gilt thread and coloured silks mostly floss, both of which would also have been imported. Link

Wellington Reredos
This reredos went behind the altar of St Johns Church in Wellington. It was brightly coloured in gold, blue, green and red. Find out why it was damaged and how it was rediscovered in 1848.


Leather model of St James’s church tower, Taunton. Somerset is famous for its church towers. Many of the finest towers were built in the period 1450–1540, not least from wealth created by the cloth trade. This leather model of St James’s tower was made by William Weston of Taunton in 1855.

Banwell Bear. For much of the last 500,000 years, Somerset was a land of ice and snow. Many Ice Age animal remains have been found in the Mendip bone caves.

Low Ham Mosaic. This Roman mosaic is the oldest object in Britain to tell a complete story. It was made for the bath complex at Low Ham Roman villa in about AD 350.

Yeovil Gold Torc. Prehistoric people liked to adorn themselves with precious objects just as we do today. Ornaments were made from copper, bronze and gold.
The East Coker mosaic. Somerset had an exceptional number of Roman villas, many concentrated in the area around Ilchester.  

HAY TURNER - ACCESSION No.55.B.12. In April last year the Museum Collection Panel recommended to the Board that they approve the start of a formal disposal process for this item in the SANHS museum collection. 






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