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Celebrate Heritage Open Day with CHAC

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Between 13 and 22 September, South Somerset District Council’s (SSDC) Community and Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) is open to the public for free to celebrate the Heritage Open Days Festival.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the festival which invites people from across the country to visit participating museums, archives and historic buildings for free.

From searching for stories in unseen archives to discovering hidden histories behind closed doors, this is an exciting opportunity to view the historic collection of items and photographs related to local industries, trades and leisure in Yeovil and South Somerset, as well as fascinating items of costume and textiles.

Heritage Co-Ordinator, Joseph Lewis commented: “Taking part in the national Heritage Open Day is an important opportunity to view the collections at CHAC at the weekend, when the stores are normally closed. Whether you have an interest in engineering, costume or photography, book to come on a tour to see behind the scenes at the museum”.

On Saturday 21 September, CHAC will be open for guided tours that you are advised to book for in advance. There will be three tours available, beginning at 10.15am, 11.20am and 12.45pm.

Following each tour there will be an opportunity to join Becky Russell, Community Heritage Officer, to create your own glass tiled mosaic to take home with you. This could be inspired by the Roman Mosaics which you will see on your tour.

To book your place on a tour, either email or call CHAC direct on 01935 462855.

Councillor Mike Best, portfolio holder for Health & Well-Being at South Somerset District Council, said: “CHAC has a highly varied and interesting collection that truly reflects the wonderful social and industrial history of our district. It is cared for by a dedicated team of volunteers and I would recommend a visit whether you are interested in a specific area or subject, or just generally to see the evolution and development of our district”.

For more details on the 25th Anniversary Heritage Open Days Festival, visit or email

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