Orpheus – the full story!

Elsewhere within the Virtual Museum is a lengthy piece about Keynsham and its Roman past. I mentioned a wonderful mosaic ‘pavement’ discovered at Newton St Loe during the construction of Brunel’s Great Western Railway. After being displayed at Keynsham Railway Station for some time it ended up in the care of the City Museum and […]

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Table top talent!

My partner’s party trick of creating a trussed oven-ready chicken out of a folded napkin must pale into insignificance compared with the rather unique exhibition currently entertaining and amazing visitors to the Holburne Museum in Bath. Artist Joan Sallas is the world’s leading authority on historic linen folding and a virtuoso folder himself! His display […]

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Wasn’t it grand!

Who amongst our Bath and district readers remembers the department store called Colmer’s which graced Union Street for over a hundred years! My thanks to Mr John Sartain for coming across ‘The Colmers Story’ – a specially produced booklet published in 1970 to celebrate the centenary of the struggling  drapery and furnishing business acquired by […]

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Amongst our chandeliers.

I wonder how many people know how a faulty chandelier in a Bath ballroom came close to ending the career of one of Britain’s greatest artists? The ballroom in question is set within the Assembly Rooms – a place of entertainment opened in 1771 – to cater for all the people rapidly filling the new […]

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Count on us!

The process by which Bath hopes to acquire the huge hoard of Roman silver coins discovered on a city-centre building site moves a step closer today with an announcement from the British Museum that the coins – having been separated and cleaned – are now being counted! Part of the Beau Street hoard of Roman […]

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Not sure if it’s still ‘toodle loo?’

It’s council budget setting time and, whereas North Somerset is announcing an increase in council tax,   B&NES has managed to freeze the ratepayer’s contribution, protect services to the public and continue to invest in jobs and homes. A trip to their website will give you the full details of how they seem to have […]

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