Our Picture Gallery is small, but contains some interesting pictures illustrating aspects of life in the last 300 years in our collecting area. Prominent amongst these is a picture from sometime prior to 1731 showing the Lady Day Fair (March 25th), which was also known as the Hiring Fair. This has been used by a number of local schools in the last year or two to facilitate cross-curricula studies and has proven to be a big hit with all the children.
Other attractions include pictures commissioned by a gentleman named Braikenridge, in the nineteenth century, to illustrate Collinson’s 1789 History of Somerset and showing aspects of the church at Compton Bishop.
Then there is a fascinating picture of Shute Shelve, on loan from the North Somerset Museum, showing a local MP being cheered by his local constituents after his victory at the election in the early nineteenth century.
Some more modern pictures are also featured highlighting local activities and changes are made at times to enhance the displays.
Some of the items that you can see when you visit our museum can be seen below.
This clock was made by John Bilbie of Axbridge (1736 – 1767).
Find out more about the Bilbie family, a family of Somerset bell founders & clockmakers. The bell in Axbridge’s St. John the Baptist church was made by the Bilbie family.