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.

Learn about this ambitious churchman who was both Bishop of Bath and Abbot of Glastonbury.
Speaker: John Page
Venue: Somerset Heritage Centre TA2 6SF
Cost £4.00. Book at

Friday 14th February at 2.30
David Victory will speak about thsi 18th century lawyer who was a member of a noted Somerset family.
Venue: Victoria Rooms, Milverton
Book by 12th February.
Cost £4.00

Saturday 28 March at 2pm

Colin Spackman with speak about this extraordinary local family, with the chance to see an Easton engine.

Venue: Castle House, Taunton, TA1 4AA
Book by 26 March
Cost £4.00
Watch this space for news of another Exeter medieval walk and a summer symposium

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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