An eclectic mix of finds is on display in Crewkerne Museum’s current exhibition, Hidden Collection. Chosen by the volunteers, many of the artefacts are being displayed for the first time, revealing the varied history of Crewkerne through the ages. The earliest finds date back to Roman times and include a hoard of Roman Imperial coins and a Colchester brooch, discovered near the Crewkerne and Misterton border. Also on display is china, bearing the seal of Crewkerne, Sigillum Crokorniense, with a picture of a church.

One of the most unusual exhibits is a Spitfire/Hurricane bracelet, crafted from off-cuts of the fighter planes windscreen. Dentistry equipment from yesteryear shows how gruesome the experience would have been using the basic tools. A wedding dress made from parachute silk and an embroidered table cloth for the Goodfellowship Club, which held meetings at the Speedwell Hall and former Red Cross hut in Middle Path, are some of the more pleasing items on display.

Visitors who want to read the news of the 1930’s and 60’s can look through old newspapers, recording the outbreak of World War Two in 1939 and the first man to walk on the moon in 1969. The Hidden Collection also contains black and white photographs of businesses, formerly in Crewkerne, rent cards, tokens for the Nags Head Hotel, tea caddy from Tilley – a tea dealer in the town and information on the Boy’s Brigade and TocH. Hidden Collection runs until Saturday November 2nd and is open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am – 4 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm. Entry costs £1 per adult with accompanied children admitted for free.

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