South Somerset Heritage Collection (SSHC) is organising a Heritage Open Day on Saturday 16th September at Yeovil Library to celebrate the town’s industrial heritage.

The free to attend pop-up museum will reflect some of Yeovil’s well-known industries such as aircraft and helicopter manufacture, glove production, creameries and cheese production as well as railways, and will contain objects and photographs from the SSHC.

The temporary exhibition will explain key developments in each industry and will be accompanied by activities such as word searches and colouring in for Children.

Thousands of organisations across England will be hosting Heritage Open Days on Saturday 16th September to celebrate their local heritage, community and history.

Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts, Lead Member for Communities, Housing and Culture at Somerset Council, said:

Join us for an unforgettable Heritage Open Day to learn about Yeovil’s exciting past.

The pop-up museum will showcase some interesting objects, from glove finger stretchers linking to our gloving industry to a Lego helicopter linking to Westlands and Leonardo.

The exhibition will represent Yeovil’s versatile heritage whilst showcasing Somerset’s distinct culture.

The Heritage Open Day takes place at Yeovil Library, BA20 1PY, on Saturday 16th September from 10am-2pm and is free to attend.

Listen to Joseph Lewis, Heritage Co-ordinator at SSHC, talk to Simon Parkin at BBC Radio Somerset about some of the objects on display, here Simon Parkin – 08/09/2023 – BBC Sounds – at around 21 minutes into the programme.

South Somerset Heritage Collection is owned and managed by Somerset Council. Full details of the Heritage Open Day in Yeovil Library can be here: Yeovil Library – Sounds of our Lives.

helicopter made from Lego

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September 11, 2023

Debbie Rundle

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