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The Friends of Somerset Archives was established in 2005 to co-ordinate the interests and activities of regular users of the Somerset Archives and Local Studies, part of the South West Heritage Trust and to support it by volunteer project work and material contributions to the general archives. Our aim is to promote and support the conservation and preservation of Somerset's historical records, to make the general public aware of them and to raise the profile of the use of archives and their importance in education and research.

We hold regular meetings, we make visits to places of historical interest in and around Somerset and we publish "Snippets" a quarterly newsletter.

Our members undertake work on specific projects that are agreed and supervised by the professional staff of the Archives and Local Studies Service and specialise in cataloguing and indexing work. This can be done in the search room at Taunton or at home through the internet. We help to raise funds to buy equipment or documents for Somerset Archives and Local Studies.

If you are interested in local or family history, the history of your house or finding out more about Somerset’s past, then the Friends of Somerset Archives can be what you are looking for. It also provides excellent opportunities for associating with people with a diverse range of academic backgrounds and specialist skills.

Snippets ... an admin message issued on 26 January 2020

Following a recent review of the membership lists and a cross check with the e-mail and hard copy distribution lists we have identified that a few FOSA members may not have received their copies of Snippets ... if you believe you are missing anything please get in touch with the Membership Secretary either by e-mail or by writing to us c/o SHC.

Snippets No.49 was published in June 2019

Snippets No.50 was published in October 2019

Snippets No.51 was published in January 2020