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Castle Cary Museum

Founded: 1974        Governance: Independent Trust        Scope: Local History    Visited: Autumn 2013

My mum's family come from the area around Castle Cary. The little Somerset town was the metropolis around which their lives revolved in the 1940s. Like many such places it is not what it once was, but remains rather a delightful location. In the centre of its High Street sits the Gothic-arched honey-stoned Victorian Market House, looking like a little bit of medieval Bruges or somewhere like that, transported to the South Somerset hills. The Museum began life in the back of a shop and a few years later moved here, now occupying the first floor. It's entirely volunteer-run and has more than a shade of the old-fashioned 'stick-everything-in-a-room-and-if-you-can-theme-stuff-all-the-better' approach, but I note from the website that it now dubs itself 'The Castle Cary and District Museum' - a nod in the direction of modernity, as was a display they staged last year on the history of a local veterinary supplies business.

I thought that the photographs I'd taken didn't really give much of an idea of the Museum, especially the mummified mice which look as though they're gyrating about in some sort of curious postmortem dance. In fact the first shot shows the main room through the glass counter display in front, with its china, pots, what used to be called by the wonderful catch-all category 'rural bygones' (everything from hay knives to milk churns), and a great cartwheel that sits in the centre of the room and binds the whole arrangement together. It's a somewhat chaotic omnium gatherum of stuff, but fun.

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