Welcome to the Community Heritage Access Centre.
Looking for history in South Somerset?
Then look no further than the Community Heritage Access Centre
Located on the outskirts of the historic market town of Yeovil,
within South Somerset District Council's Lufton depot, the
Community Heritage Access Centre cares for an outstanding and
diverse collection relating to the history and heritage South
The collection showcases the local history in all its forms
including archaeology, the history of the gloving and manufacturing
trades, an extensive photography archive and even a firearms
collection of international importance.
Explore our collection on line or contact us to arrange a tour.
We are open by appointment 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday
(excluding bank holidays).
This is a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to
remember the First World War in South Somerset. On this page
you will find items that have been donated to CHAC concerning the
war and also progress on the project.
Twenty one thousand booklets containing photographs of
South Somerset in the First World War have been produced and will
be distributed to each school child in South Somerset early in
An exhibition of items from the First World War will be
on display at the Town House, Union Street, Yeovil from the 1st
A series of lectures on the First World War are being
held on life in South Somerset at various locations in
Yeovil. Please see our news page for
A display produced by the Imperial War Museum will be in
the old Whittards Shop (next to Costa Coffee) in the
Quedam Shopping Centre from October until the end of
This is part of a recent large donation, it is Wallie
Adams' identification tag. His name is on Yeovil's War
Memorial and he was only 17 when he died. He went down on
H.M.S. Hampshire off the Orkney Islands along with Lord Kitchener,
who was on the famous 'Your Country Needs You' posters. This
and other photographs and objects associated with Wallie were
donated to CHAC at the end of 2013.
Another recent donation, a photograph of Ernest 'Dyke'
Luffman who died shortly after the war ended on 4th December 1918
in Alexandria Egypt. His name is on Yeovil's war
C E Webb is on the right of this photograph, he lived in
Yeovil until his death. Apart from a note on the back of the
photograph saying 1914-1918 war we have no further information
about this photograph, where it was taken or which regiment he
served with or who the other chap is. This photograph was
part of a large archive donated to CHAC concerning his daughter
Betty Webb who was active in Yeovil Baptist Church.
We are very excited to have received the above
photograph. It was taken in September 1914 at Yeovil's Penn
Mill station of soldiers off to war. Alec Bird is on the
bottom right, sitting cross legged, holding a stick upright.
He survived the war.