SANHS Local History Committee

Taunton Castle painting by Thomas Whitcombe
Taunton Castle, painted by Thomas Whitcombe, 1791 (view at the Museum of Somerset)
WHAT’S ON 2019

Talks held at the Somerset Heritage Centre unless stated otherwise. Booking is essential.

WEDNESDAY 18 September 2019 7.30 pm
Henry Hunt and the Peterloo Massacre
Tom Mayberry
Venue, Great Hall, Taunton Castle, TA1 4AA
Tickets available from the Museum of Somerset £9.50 [£7 for SANHS members]

9th November 2019 at 10 am
A day symposium on Somerset’s rich Victorian built heritage.
Speakers will include John Crockford-Hawley, Russell Lillford, Julian Orbach, David Rabson, Jerry Sampson Venue, St Andrews Church Hall TBC
Tickets £12 to include buffet lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea. Booking essential.


The local history committee is one of the society’s newer committees, designed to showcase events illustrating the history of Somerset and its unique localities.

We are a small group committed to providing a wide range of talks, walks and other events throughout the year for Society members and the wider community.

We aim to brighten dull evenings especially in the darker months with talks on a wide variety of topics followed by tea and cake and the chance to talk to the speaker. In the warmer months we also like to get out on walks and visits to historic corners of Somerset and sometimes further afield. Our annual symposia bring together a wide range of people and specialist speakers in a relaxed way to enjoy a day of presentations, exhibitions and food.

Recent events have included the Harold St George Gray symposium, looking at the work of one of the leading early 20th-century archaeologists, which drew speakers from across the country and guided visits to Dunster, Minehead, the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and the SS Great Britain. We have looked at places, people, events and objects, known and relatively unknown, the good, the bad and the downright ugly!

The committee is always open to new members so if you have an interest in local history and enjoy arranging events let us know or contact the SANHS office.

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