Welcome to the Community Heritage Access Centre's website.


'Click and drag' the timeline above to explore key dates and reveal more information.


South Somerset's History.


Looking for history in South Somerset?

Then look no further than the Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC).






Yeovil has a rich past of industry and has an important role to play in the history of South Somerset.


Our collections reflect this and range from an extensive photo archive, local history, archaeology and even an internationally significant firearms collection.


Such collections are available online and at the Community Heritage Access Centre and we aim to help everyone unlock the history of this diverse region.
















1924 Gloving exhibition


At the Community Access Heritage Centre we have a range of services that we provide which can help with your research and interests, and sometimes just simply show off our collections to the curious.




One of the main services that we provide is answering a range of enquiries on a variety of topics. These can range from the simple to the complex and come from a diverse background, family historians, academic researchers, businesses and interested locals.  E-mail heritage.services@southsomerset.gov.uk or telephone 01935 462855.




The Heritage Centre strives to hold exhibitions around South Somerset show casing our collections when possible. These exhibitions often highlight items of local history and will be noted in the news sections when one is on going.


Events Days

The Heritage Centre also runs finds afternoons where members of the public may bring in archaeological objects for identification by the local Finds Liaison Officer. These are normally held every 2 months and news of these will be detailed on the website as one approaches.  The next one to be held will be at 2pm on Wednesday 28th May 2014.



From time to time we hold open days where the Community Heritage Access Centre is open to anyone to just call in and see the collections, which often occurs in the form of tours. News of which will be detailed on the website as one approaches. Private tours can be arranged by request.




As we have an extensive photo archive we can often provide a printing or copying service if there is an image of interest to you. Photographic prints carry a charge however simple photocopies do not, although donations are always welcome. Sometimes an image may be under copyright and might not be reproducible; however more often than not we can produce a copy at request.



Find out which mystery object we have dug out of our archives...

Let us help you trace your family history in South Somerset.