Field Trip: Radstock Museum and Writhlington Batch

Leader: WEGA

Entry Fee

Members: Free

Visitors: £3.00

Date and Time



Radstock Museum, Waterloo Road, Radstock BA3 3EP

Field Trip Description

The Radstock, Midsomer Norton and District Museum Society was founded in 1985 to preserve the social and industrial heritage of the communities of the Somerset Coalfield. The first issue of ‘Five Arches, the Journal of the Society, appeared in 1986. The Society’s Collection was first put on permanent display at Barton Meade, Haydon, in 1989.

Writhlington spoil heap has been opened up to the public for fossil collecting. It has yielded hundreds of plants and insects and is well documented. It is publically accessible, and there is plenty to be found.

Group rate £4 per head, minimum 15 people

Either meet at 11 a.m. outside the Museum to walk to Writhlington batch to hunt for Carboniferous plant fossils or meet at 2 p.m. for the Museum visit.

Parking is opposite the Museum but there is a 15 - 20 minutes walk to the batch from there. Parking is limited near the Batch.

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