1 North Parade
The Museum's New Site
Frome Museum aims to provide a modern museum with an industrial focus. It is housed in an elegant Italianate building in the centre of Frome.The Museum's exhibition space currently consists of two display rooms & a Library, but is due to be expanded following the building programme.
10.00-14.00 Tuesday - Saturday, or by appointment.
Closed: 29th November until March
Free entry but donations are appreciated.
Archaeological and Historical -
Artefacts, documents, photographs and printed material illustrating the historical development of Frome and district. Many fine maps, property and family information.
Artefacts, documents, photographs and printed material illustrating the development of local industries. Of special importance is a large deposit of photographs and glass negatives from Messrs J.W.Singer & Sons Ltd. Art Metal Works showing the works in production and some of the fascinating statuary sent around the world.
A collection of Victorian and later costumes, the most important of which came from the Horner family of Mells. Currently in storage.
Rocks and fossils locally collected. Currently in storage.
Fine Art -
A small collection of local material either of local people or views, or by local artists. Currently on display in Library.
A rough estimate of the size of the collection is 20,000 items. Much of the collection is currently in storage during the building work.
Key artists and exhibits
- Singers collection. Glass negatives of sculptures and bronze fittings made in Frome by Singers Art Metal Works, these include 'Justice' on The Old Bailey, 'Boadicea' on The Embankment, General Gordon of Khartoum & Oliver Cromwell in Parliament Square. Photos of interiors of works, architectural ironwork and bronze light fittings. Exhibition shows history of J.W. Singer & Sons with exhibits of pieces by Leonard Stockting. Printing exhibition covering local industries including Butler & Tanner, with printing presses courtesy of Jo Tanner.