The Charltons Historical Society

The Charltons Historical Society is a wholly volunteer run community organisation, formed in 1996 to collect and share historical data relating to the combined civil parish of Charlton Mackrell.  The Society has held a number of well-attended exhibitions as well as regular meetings with speakers.  In 2006 the Society contributed volunteers to the Heritage Lottery funded Castle Cary to Durston Railway Centenary project and also produced a book about life in the villages during the years when Charlton Mackrell railway station was open. The Society’s Chairman, Duncan Black, had achieved an MA in Archaeology as a mature student and when he died suddenly at Christmas 2008 he left a significant archive and the collection of artefacts which has inspired this project.

The Central Somerset Outdoor Learning Partnership

CSOLP is a small educational charity that works with all ages and abilities. They prioritize young people, many of them disadvantaged and/ or struggling in school and offer regular therapeutic sessions to improve self worth, ability to learn and motivation through the development of practical skills in an inspiring woodland environment. This project will work with existing school groups, but will also be open to others who are interested, including college archaeology students and local children.

The Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK.

Local Sponsors
To help us bring history to a wider audience, The Fox & Hounds in
Charlton Adam kindly hosted our pottery workshops, displays and talks and sponsored our kiln event.