The Council for British Archaeology is an educational charity working throughout the UK to champion archaeology and to help people experience and participate in archaeology. As the voice of archaeology in the UK, we bring together community groups, commercial units, academics and heritage organisations to create and share opportunities to discover, take part in and be inspired by archaeology.

Dorset History Centre collect, preserve and make documents available to view; these include paper, parchment and printed documents as well as audio-visual material and digital records; care for, and carry out conservation work on documents if necessary; provide copies of documents and support projects relating to history and heritage in Dorset

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites – from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker.

Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment.

As Europe’s largest conservation charity, the National Trust look after nature, beauty and history for everyone to enjoy. We do it with the help of millions of members, volunteers, staff and donors. Without this, we couldn’t care for the miles of coastline, woodlands, countryside and the hundreds of historic buildings, gardens and precious collections we protect.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is run by the British Museum and Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales to encourage the recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Every year many thousands of archaeological objects are discovered, many of these by metal detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Finds recorded with the Scheme help advance knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales.

The Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society exists to promote the study of archaeology, natural history, local history and historic buildings with particular reference to the historic County of Somerset and is an important point of contact for anyone with an interest in understanding and protecting the heritage of Somerset.

Somerset & Dorset Family History Society

We will help you to find documented facts about the lives of your former family members which will unlock doors to your own personal family story. Although we do specialise in Somerset and Dorset and have extensive records from our two counties, our experienced Research Volunteers have skills which can help you trace your family roots, regardless of where they might have originated.

South Somerset Heritage Collection is a fascinating historical collection of objects and images, including 30,000 objects and 6,000 photographs reflecting the heritage of Yeovil and South Somerset. The Collection is available for public viewing by bookable prior appointment, via email or telephone. Free entry, research charges apply.

South Somerset Heritage Collection, 7 Artillery Road, SSDC Lufton Depot, Yeovil, Somerset, United Kingdom, BA22 8RP

Open Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm by appointment.

Telephone: 01935 462855 Mobile: 07971 111 890

South West Heritage Trust was founded in 2014 as an independent charity for Somerset, Devon and the South West. We want to celebrate and protect our rich heritage, helping everyone to enjoy it now and in the future. We bring together services previously provided by Somerset Council and Devon County Council, who remain our main funders.

Museum of Somerset in Taunton, Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury and the Brick and Tile Museum in Bridgwater are all part of SW Heritage Trust.

Also, the Archive and Local Studies Services which has centres in Taunton, Exeter and Barnstaple.