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,
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.