Archives & Records Association

Prioryfield House, 20 Canon Street
Taunton TA1 1SW

On 1 June 2010 the Archives and Records Association (ARA) was officially formed as a result of a merger of the National Council on Archives; the Association of Chief Archivists in Local Government (ACALG) and the society of Archivists (SoA). With the creation of ARA, the National Council on Archives ceased to operate as an independent group. Ongoing NCA activities are now continued by the new organisation, further information about which can be found at The website of the National Council on Archives continues to serve as a resource for professional literature.

Bath & North East Somerset Record Office

Guildhall, High Street
Bath BA1 5AW

Are you interested in the history of Bath? The record office collects, preserves and makes available to everyone historical records relating to Bath. These records include documents from the 12th century to the present day, reflecting all aspects of life in Bath.

Chard & District Museum

Godworthy House, High Street
Chard TA20 1QL

Chard Museum has displays illustrating the history of Chard and its surrounding area. Highlights include displays devoted to pioneers of powered flight (John Stringfellow) and the development of artificial limbs (James Gillingham).

Downside Abbey Library & Archives

Downside Abbey, Stratton on the Fosse
Radstock BA3 4RH

Library and Archive of Downside Abbey in Somerset, we have recently begun our beacon of learning project. The school attached to the Abbey lost many ex pupils in the Great War and we want to recognise this sacrifice during the Centenary.

Helicopter Museum, The

The Heliport, Locking Moor Road
Weston-super-Mare BS24 8PP

This unique collection of over 70 helicopters and autogyros forms the world's largest dedicated rotorcraft museum and the only one in the United Kingdom.

Museum of South Somerset

CHAC, SSDC Lufton Depot, 7 Artillery Road, Lufton
Yeovil BA22 8RP

The building which housed the museum of South Somerset closed in 2011. The items in the museum have been moved to the Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) at SSDC Lufton Depot, 7 Artillery Road, Lufton, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8RP which is open by appointment. Collections: Includes archaeology from the many Roman Villa sites in South Somerset. Particular strengths of the collection are gloving and the Stiby firearm collection.

Somerset Archives & Local Studies

Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Langford Mead, Norton Fitzwarren
Taunton TA2 6SF

We exist to find, preserve and make available written records of Somerset's people and communities. We are based at the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton.

Wells Cathedral

Cathedral Green
Wells BA5 2UE

The present cathedral building was begun around 1175. It is one of the most impressive of the English cathedrals and has survived eight centuries with all its associated buildings still around it - the chapter house, vicars' hall, the cloisters and the unique vicars' close.

West Somerset Rural Life Museum

The Old School, Allerford
Minehead TA24 8HN

The Rural Life Museum is housed in the old Village School leased from the National Trust. It was a school from 1821 to 1981 and opened as the Rural Life Museum in 1983.