Somerset Heritage Centre

Brunel Way, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, TA2 6SF

Somerset Heritage Centre

Description

The Somerset Local Studies Library is located at the Heritage Centre. It holds published works relating to all aspects of Somerset life, including books, pamphlets, maps, journal articles and illustrations.

The main collections of the Somerset Studies Library are on open access shelves in the searchroom at the Somerset Heritage Centre. The items which are held in the strongrooms may be ordered in advance or on the day. 

Remote enquiries can be submitted by telephone, letter or email, although longer enquiries should be directed to our Research Service

The Museums Service’s reserve collection is also stored at the Somerset Heritage Centre.

We cannot display all the objects we hold but they’re available for researchers and visitors to look at by appointment. Objects may also be used in temporary exhibitions or loaned to other institutions.

The collection includes objects relating to Costume and Textiles, Fine and Decorative Art, Archaeology, Natural Sciences and Social History.

We also care for the Somerset Military Museum Trust and North Somerset Council collections at this site.


Opening Hours

Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm (document productions 10am – 4pm)
The 2nd Saturday of each month 9am – 1pm 
When booking appointments for Saturday opening:

  • Please order documents in advance, by 12.00 pm on the preceding Friday

  • Up to 12 documents per visitor may be pre-ordered for a Saturday visit

  • It may not be possible to order further documents during Saturday opening

Pricing

FREE at point of entry

We issue South West Heritage Trust readers’ tickets which are valid for four years. If you have not visited us before, please bring some form of identification containing your name, current address and signature (for example a driving licence, utility bill and other ID with signature) so we can issue you with one of our readers’ tickets.

Contact

Somerset Heritage Centre
Brunel Way
Norton Fitzwarren
Taunton
Somerset
TA2 6SF


T: 01823 278805

E: somersetarchives@swheritage.org.uk

W: swheritage.org.uk/somerset-archives/visit/somerset-heritage-centre/

Facebook: @somersetheritage

Twitter: @SomHeritage

Instagram: @somerset_museums



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