Research Somerset's fascinating past at the centre that houses Somerset's archives, local studies collection, Historic Environment Record and museum reserve collections
Did You Know?The Heritage Centre provides access to 10 million documents and 3 million museum objects, and provides information on more than 20,000 historic sites in Somerset.
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The Somerset Heritage Service, which runs the site, offers a range of onsite and school-based taught sessions with resources on a range of topics, as well as free advice to teachers and students. Resources from the archives and the museum reserve collection can be provided, either related to particular National Curriculum topics or tailor-made. For more information, contact the site directly to discuss your needs.
The Somerset Heritage Centre is the main research resource for the history of Somerset. It houses several collections: archives and local studies, the Historic Environment Record and the museum reserve collection. It also holds the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society library.
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You can consult the archive and local studies collections and the Historic Environment Record in the searchroom, five or six days a week. The archive catalogue can be seen at home at www.somerset.gov.uk/dserve and the Historic Environment Record at www.somerset.gov.uk/her. As the searchroom can get very busy, please make an appointment before you visit, on 01823 337600 or [email protected].
If you would like to study the museum reserve collection, please contact the curators beforehand. If you have found an object you would like our Finds Liaison Officer to identify, please make an appointment on 01823 347457.
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The Learning Room at the Somerset Heritage Centre is available to hire for meetings, talks and training. The facility includes a projector, screen, WiFi access and hearing loop and is accessible by lift. It can accommodate 24 people if the room is laid out meeting-style and 45 for theatre-style seating. The cost for half a day is £80 and £140 for a full day. To enquire about using the space for your event, please contact the Somerset Heritage Centre.