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A library of possibility – New display case highlights South Somerset’s history

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South Somerset District Council’s (SSDC) Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) has unveiled a new exciting display project in partnership with Yeovil Library.

A newly purchased display case will enable a changeable themed display of photos and objects from CHAC’s collection to bring local history to life.

Above: The display cabinet situated at Yeovil Library

The case, located on the Reference Floor of Yeovil Library, was unveiled this week and is currently homing a display about the social history of Ham Hill to compliment the summer Pop-up museum at the country park.

By bringing important objects from the collection and providing photographs to illustrate important moments in history, we hope a greater number of people will understand the fascinating history of South Somerset. With over 30,000 objects and 6,000 photos in the collection, there is plenty of scope to bring interesting, relevant and thought provoking displays to the new library cabinet on a regular basis.

Heritage Coordinator, Joseph Lewis, said: “It is a pleasure to help people understand more about the past of South Somerset and we would encourage residents and visitors to suggest themes for future displays at the library. Obviously key dates and anniversaries will form the core of our programme of exhibits, but let us know if you would like to see specific displays, or indeed if you have an idea to help us curate an exhibition yourself”.

Councillor Mike Best, portfolio holder for Health & Well-Being at South Somerset District Council, said: “We are delighted to have received this grant from the Museum Development Fund, building on two previous projects that aim to improve public access to the collections held by our accredited museum at CHAC. I am sure the exhibitions will bring pleasure to many and we look forward to hearing suggestions for future themes.”

The purchase of the museum grade display cabinet was funded by South West Museum Development using public funds from Arts Council England and contributing Local Authorities. The grant totalled at £445 with a 25% match from SSDC’s funds.

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