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Wells, Somerset

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Wells and Mendip Museum

8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2UE, Tel: 01749 673477

The Wells Museum was founded by Herbert Balch in 1893. He was a naturalist, caver and geologist who pioneered many of the techniques used by modern cavers. Balch's fine collection of local artefacts and memorabilia form the core of the museum's displays, which retains the best qualities of a private Victorian collection.

Meet the "Witch" of Wookey Hole from the prehistoric past....

Experience our First World War Trench and find out about our local heroes....

Discover the amazing history of cave exploration under the Mendip Hills...


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  • Wells and Mendip Museum
  • The Wells Museum which also houses the Wells Visitor Information Service.
  • Wells and Mendip Museum
  • Ichthyosaur from Keinton Mandeville is a fine fossil example. This creature was a reptile rather than a fish depite the fact it swam in the oceans. They appeared a little earlier than dinosaurs - around 250 million years ago and died out around 90 million year ago. Image supplied by the museum.
  • A Roman Lead Pig found in the vicinity of Charterhouse on the Mendip Hills. The Romans mined for silver and lead on the Mendips and lead was used in water pipes and water proofing of roofs. Image supplied by the museum.
  • The Museum holds a fine collection of samplers dating from the 18th and early 19th centuries.  These painstaking examples of young girls’ dexterity and patience are on display in the Eveleen Perkins room. Image supplied by the museum.
  • The Museum has a number of pieces of statuary from the West Front of the Cathedral. Shown here is a 13th century angel. Image supplied by the museum.

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