Last updated: Tue 10 Mar 2015

Frome Society for Local Study

Visit Nunney has joined the Frome Society for Local Study, which researches and promotes a better understanding of the local history of Frome and surrounding villages.

Frome Society for Local StudyThe Frome Society for Local Study was founded in 1958 by a number of Frome residents who realised there was a need to make the history of Frome and the district better known, and to preserve its historic buildings and records.

President of the Frome Society for Local Study is the well-known local historian Michael McGarvie, who has published countless books on the local history of Frome and surrounding villages.

Visit Nunney conducts all its own local history research, which forms the basis for articles in the Heritage section on this website and exhibitions held in Nunney Church.

Nunney Scarecrows exhibition

Nunney Scarecrows exhibition (2014)

Past articles have been described by experts at the British Museum as “very impressive” and at the Holburne Museum in Bath as “filling an important gap in the knowledge of our own collection”.

Although we are already regularly questioned by members of the public on specific details contained in our local history articles, membership of the Society is likely to put our research under much greater scrutiny – which we would obviously welcome.

Membership will also widen the scope of our knowledge and research, given that the history of Nunney is closely tied in with that of Frome and the surrounding area.


Frome Museum

Frome Museum

The Frome Society for Local Study was founded in 1958 by a group of Frome townspeople. They wanted to make the history of Frome and its district better known and to preserve its records and architectural heritage.

In 1966 it was instrumental in founding the Frome Museum, and ran it for some years. The Society’s sub-committees and its Historical Research Group collected information on the history of Frome and deposited it in the Museum and in the Public Library.

Members enjoy summer outings to places of historic interest and attend the course of lectures during the winter months. There are also social events, including an annual dinner, that supplement the lectures and outings. Some outings are specially made to exhibitions or events.

Over the years the Society has played a leading role in the conservation of local buildings of historical interest – most notably Marston House.

The Society has made awards to many local projects, for research and the purchase and restoration of historic maps and documents.

The Frome and District Civic Society was founded in 1970 and became associated with the Frome Society for Local Study in 1997, with full participation in all Society activities.

The Civic Society is involved in environmental and planning matters that affect the future of the town, and makes comments on all planning applications.

Frome Town Walks

Frome centre c1950

Frome centre c1950

The Frome Town Walks are organised by the Frome Society for Local Study and will take place on the second Sunday in May, June, August and September, and the two Sundays during the Frome Festival in July.

They set off at 2.30 pm outside the Round Tower in Justice Lane and are designed to give an understanding of the development of the history and economy of the town from its foundation in 685 AD by St Aldhelm, through the middle ages to the present day.

There is a special emphasis on Frome’s listed buildings with their broad range of religious and vernacular architecture.

Frome Town Walks are free, except for those during the Frome Festival, but contributions to Frome charities are most welcome.

The dates of the walks in 2015 are as follows:

10 May
14 June
5 July
12 July
9 August
13 September


The Society has published over 80 books and monographs of local historical interest. These are on sale at local bookshops, and can be ordered through the Society’s website.

It has also reproduced old maps and published several Yearbooks with a diverse range of articles on Frome and the surrounding villages. Full details of all available publications can be found in the latest Yearbook and on the Society’s website Frome Society for Local Study.

Twice a year the Society issues a magazine, Contact, which has details of the lecture programme and the planned outings, and information about the activities of the Frome and District Civic Society.

If you are interested in:

  • archaeology
  • architecture
  • Frome
  • geology
  • historic houses and gardens
  • local history
  • natural History

then Frome Society for Local Study has something to offer you. Membership fees for 2015 are:

Single membership:£ 10.00
Joint membership: £ 15.00
Life membership single: £100.00
Life membership joint: £150.00

If you join the Frome Society for Local Study, you automatically become a member of the Frome and District Civic Society as well. Frome Society for Local Study is a Registered Charity (No. 292340).

Contact information

Frome Society for Local Study
Janet Howard
Membership Secretary
Telephone 01373 473 733
Email (preferred method of communication) info@fsls.org.uk
Web www.fsls.org.uk

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