South Somerset Heritage Collection is creating a series of exciting new loan boxes to help schools, colleges, community groups and care homes step back in time with objects from past generations. Each box contains an enjoyable selection of objects to support curriculum-based studies, special interest groups or reminiscence sessions in care homes.
Current themes include ‘Yeovil’, ‘Household’ ‘Photography’ ‘Maps’ ‘Toys and Games’ and as highlighted here the ‘Household’ box.
The household box contains:
One Fischers Beer bottle
One Children’s Simplicity 9737 Dress Pattern
One Simplicity Dress Pattern
One Daily Express Newspaper (Tuesday 21 January 1936)
Laminated sheet front cover of the Evening Standard (Monday 11 November 1918)
2 x canvas shoe covers
One red and white Woolworths plastic bag
One Timothy Whites Houseware bag
One Weldon’s Practical Knitter – Edgings Magazine No.189 Vol.16
One Dr Nelson’s white China Inhalant Jar Boots the Chemists + cork stopper with mouthpiece.
One Nestle early milk bottle
One metal electric kettle
One Sony Walkman tape player
One 8oz brown Bovril glass jar
One small clear glass bottle Eiffel Tower Lemonade, Foster Clark Ltd, Maidstone
One wooden butter pat
One Morphy Richards hairdryer (to be photographed)
One pair of women’s glasses with case.
If you know anyone or a group that would benefit from use of a loans box then they can contact the Collection on email@example.com
Boxes can be borrowed for one day or up to a term at £27.40.
Costume & Textile
The Costume & Textile collection includes a significant selection of items, ranging from a child’s sampler to Swayne Harbin’s wedding coat, from the Harbin family of Newton Surmaville House, near Yeovil. Pictured left to right, Swayne Harbin's wedding coat and a hat believed to have been worn by Queen Victoria.
Gloves and Gloving
Gloves made by local manufacturers like Clothier & Giles and Ricketts plus formal, driving and fur backed gloves. Glove designs on acetate are also available to view on request. Glove tools include examples of the Donkey patented in Stoke sub Hamdon in 1807. From left to right a wooden glove finger stretcher and a wooden hand to display gloves, plus gloves from the South Somerset Heritage Collection.
We care for around 50 paintings and artworks, plus maps, posters and local advertising. These range from formal portraits of gloving factory owners and their wives to more contemporary works by Martock-based artist, Arlie Panting and ‘pop artist’ Stephen Wilmot ‘Wilf.’ One of the star items is the Angel Inn Panel from 1603, shown below which came from the Angel Inn in Yeovil, now the site of the NatWest Bank. Alongside is a painting of a steam locomotive at Stoford pulling a two-coach train from Yeovil Junction to Pen Mill Station, otherwise known as a ‘push and pull’ Painted by H. Ball in 1971.
The Petter / Westland story is well represented by a Petter and Edgar Cheese Press, shown below, the engine of the 1895 Horseless Carriage, an example of the Nautilus Grate and a Petometer adding machine, an early form of calculator. We also have a Linotype typesetting machine last used by the Western Gazette Newspaper in 1984 shown alongside the cheese press and examples of objects and photographs related to St. Ivel, makers of lactic cheese up until 2000.
This forms an important part of the collection ranging from a Neolithic hand axe found on Wyndham Hill, shown below to a notable collection of well documented Roman coins collected by Gregory Stevens-Cox from Ilchester, an example of which is shown alongside the hand axe.
Ceramics & Glassware
Star ceramic items are the Yeovil Riot Jugs from 1831 and the St. Ivel Monks cheese serving dish, shown below. Yeovil Goss China and commemorative pieces are also of interest. An example from the Pinney Glass collection is also shown.
One of the most significant single donations came when renowned local businessman and photographer, Henry Stiby donated his collection of important firearms and pistols in the 1930s. Other notable items include the commemorative sword presented to Sir Charles Knight Pearson of Thorne Coffin by the people of Yeovil in 1837 for outstanding military leadership. A close up of a firearm stock and example of the Henry Stiby collection are shown.
Coins and medals
In addition to Roman coins, we also care for First and Second World War Medals, plus a notable selection of pub and trade tokens. A tool deposit token for James B Petter & Sons is shown with a trade token of Brett & Cayme, cloth manufacturers in Yeovil in 1797.
We would be delighted for you to visit the collection but if you are unable to, do browse some of the wonderful pleces in the Look Around Section at the bottom of the page.
Please call us on 01935 462855 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.