Friends of The Museum of Somerset (FOTMOS)

UPDATED 13 October, 2018


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Friends of the Museum of Somerset Annual Lecture – 23rd October at 7.30pm

I Will Not Call Them a Mob

Magistrates, Bread Riots and the Gallows in Early Nineteenth Century Somerset

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Professor of History & Heritage at the University of the West of England & Director of Regional History Centre, UWE

In a world without professional policing, the maintenance of public order often depended as much on the negotiating skills of local magistrates as it did the hard application of the law. But negotiating with a rioting mob was never going to be easy and magistrates were put firmly to the test when food rioting spread throughout the South West in the Spring of 1801. How did things get so out of hand in Somerset that two men ended up being hanged for their trouble at Taunton in that year? This lecture digs deeply into the events surrounding the execution and suggests some answers.

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The Friends of The Museum of Somerset

is a registered charity that brings together people who are passionate about Somerset’s past and future. If you love museums and care about Somerset’s rich heritage we want you to join us.

The Friends meet regularly throughout the year to enjoy illustrated talks, outings and social events as well as working on specific projects. Members receive a regular newsletter.

The Friends supported the redevelopment of the Museum, which opened in 2011 following a £6.93m redevelopment.

Our aims are to:

• further the education of the public by promotion, support, assistance and improvement of the Museum through the activities of a group of Friends
• encourage, promote and assist the formation and development of a group of Friends of the Museum
• further the charitable purposes of the Museum and encourage the development of the facilities which it affords
• engage in, support and co-ordinate research, publishing, education, advertising and other charitable work
• make the individual skills of its members available to the Museum and assist the staff with voluntary help

The Friends help the Museum in a number of ways, including helping with their collections, supporting and co-ordinating research, raising funds for special projects and improving access to the collections.