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Heraldry in Somerset – A talk by Des Atkinson

22 March, 2023 @ 19:30 - 21:00

This will be an introduction to the history and purpose of heraldry and of the urge to produce a pedigree among the families of Somerset. The items that can be displayed on a coat of arms are precisely controlled, and the status of an individual or family is clearly delineated by those items. The talk will summarise this history in the context of heraldry in the historic county of Somerset to mark 500th anniversary of the Visitation of the College of Arms.

Book with SANHS office by 20 March: email events@sanhs.or g or ring 01823 272429

Suggested donation £5. Refreshments will be available.


22 March, 2023
19:30 - 21:00



Somerset Heritage Centre
Brunel Way. Norton Fitzwarren
Taunton, TA2 6SF
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