The Next Friends Event is a visit to Kingsweston House on 3rd June at 2.30pm.

The Friends of Somerset Archives have arranged a visit to Kingsweston House, on 3rd June at 2.30 pm. The House has been the home of the Dickinson Family for more than 200 years and is now owned by Millfield School.

One of the major projects undertaken over the past few years by a number of the Friends has been the cataloguing and conservation work of the family papers that are at the Heritage Centre having been found in the early 1950s and donated by the family.

This visit to include the house and the church and a walk down through the village to see the exteriors of other buildings will be guided by John Townson who was related to the Dickinson Family.

Please support the Friends is what will be a very interesting visit. We need to book in advance as there is a limit of 25 visitors and we must be registered beforehand.

Details of further events can be found under Our programme of Events by clicking here


Transcribing the Tithe Apportionments of Somerset Parishes

Tithe CombinedAn update to the list of the tithe apportionments that have been completed is available under Tithe Award Details from the menu system on the left of this page, or you can go straight to the page by clicking here. These awards are available to view at the Somerset Heritage Centre by request.

Join our transcription team!
If anyone would like to join our transcribing team by transcribing a parish of your choice that has not already been done, please contact Jenni by clicking here. There are two ways of transcribing - one at the Heritage Centre using original documents, or at home using folios sent by email. The choice is yours!

The task is not too taxing, does not need great computing skills and can be done in your own time - there is no rush to complete the job. We will give you full instructions and indeed answer any queries or try to solve any problems that you might have. If you are already a transcriber and would also like, perhaps, to do another parish, please contact Jenni by clicking here.

The Friends of Somerset Archives and the Dickinson Archive

The archive of the Dickinson family of Kingweston, is a large important collection held at the Somerset Heritage Centre.

In December 2011, volunteers from the Friends of Somerset Archives began the arduous task of flattening the thousands of documents previously contained within the hundreds of bundles. The enthusiasm of the team became very evident, enabling them to finish the flattening process 2 months earlier than expected, April 2012, when the seven volunteers divided into two groups. For a current update on the Dickinson Project either go to our Projects Menu on the left or click here to go directly to the page.

If you would like to help with either the conservation work or the indexing please contact Liz Grant at the Somerset Heritage Centre,

Odd footnote to the Dickinson Project - The emptying of the cellar - and other oddities - click here to see more!


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