The Museum's exhibition space currently consists of two display rooms & a Library, with displays of many local industrial artefacts, maps & photos. The Library holds a wealth of documentation, photos & local history information.
Archaeological and Historical
Artefacts, documents, photographs and printed material illustrating the historical development of Frome and district. Many fine maps, property and family information. Some of this information can be found on the 'Hundred of Frome' website.
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. With assistance from Local Heritage Initiative funding many of these have been repaired & conserved and you will find a selection of high quality prints on display. Other displays on show items are the Marston House Fire Engine, local blacksmithying and a Chemist Shop from Bath Street
Printing has been a major industry in the town for well over a century, and its roots are traced back to the late 19th century. A section of the display is devoted to Butler & Tanner, now Butler Tanner and Dennis, including a marvellous old printing press. This firm is still one of the largest employers in the town.
There is a permanent display of photographs, diagrams, plans & tools devoted to Fussell's Ironworks of Mells, who were significant edge-tool manufacturers in the 19th Century.
A collection of Victorian and later costumes, the most important of which came from the Horner family of Mells. Currently most of these are in storage.
Rocks and fossils locally collected. Currently in storage but accessible by request.
A small collection of local material either of local people or views, or by local artists. Currently on display in Library.
A large model showing the town centre as it was in 1985 (below).