Directory: Heritage Wellbeing
Historic England highlights some of the main benefits of engaging with heritage and the historic environment:
1) Connection with heritage improves our feelings of identity and belonging and helps alleviate loneliness
2) Heritage activities promote good brain health and strengthen our memory
3) Exploring heritage and history offers an exciting journey of discovery
4) Learning from ours and others past provides insight, resilience and inspiration for the future
5) Revealing the past of a place and its historic significance helps us understand it and connect with it better, promoting pride of place
6) Heritage shows us that we are part of something bigger – it is inseparable part of us and our own legacy in this time and place
Frome Family History Group
Feeling part of your community, getting involved in heritage activities and learning more about the heritage of where we live is good for our wellbeing. Frome Family History Group is a small but warm welcoming and very enthusiastic group who are well versed in the history of Frome and surrounding villages. They are also happy to help with local family history enquires and occasionally have outings of special interest. The group organise talks at Frome Library (Justice Lane, BA11 1BE) on the last Tuesday of each month apart from August and December (cost £3).
Frome Guided Walks
Frome’s guided walk programme mixes perennial favourites such as Foul Frome, Sense of Place and Julian Hight’s Heritage Tree Walk. Frome Guided Walks are also now running the Frome Society for Local Study’s walks which remain on the second Sunday of each month throughout the season. Unless otherwise stated all of the walks listed take between around 90 minutes and usually cover 1-2km.
Email the Guided Walks team for more information or to book a place.
Frome Heritage Museum
Feeling part of your community, getting involved in heritage activities and learning more about the heritage of where we live is good for our wellbeing. The collections in the museum include local archaeological and historical artefacts related to the historical development of Frome. Visit the museum website for information on open days, museum tours and occasional heritage events. Their extensive archive and resources are open to the public for research purposes (by appointment only). Alternatively, much of their archive has been catalogued and is online through their website.
Frome Society for Local Study
The Frome Society for Local Study is a membership organisation that runs trips (spring/summer) and has a lecture programme (autumn/winter). Lectures are free to members, non-members £5. Annual membership subscription £15 individual, £20 couple.
Visit their website for more information
Frome Writers’ Collective
Frome Writers’ Collective is an organisation that supports writers, including those of historical works, who live in the Frome area. The group holds regular socials and events and publishes members’ books, which include historical fiction and non-fiction titles. Annual membership £15.
Visit their website to find out more and contact them to find out about how to join.
Heritage Cafe Frome
The heritage cafe is a place to find out what heritage activities are going on in the local area, organisations you can become involved with, and how heritage can be beneficial for your health and well-being.
Third Friday of each month from 11am-12 noon at the Cheese & Grain Cafe, Market Yard, BA11 1BE. Everyone is welcome.
Next dates are: 15th September, 20th October, 17th November & 15th December.
Keyford History Group – Frome
Keyford History Group organise talks and undertake research projects related to local community. The group also collaborates with theatrical companies to turn historical subjects into performances and plays. Free to join the research group or to attend talks. Email to find out more about joining.
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