Somerset County Museum
Somerset County Museum is located in the 12th century great hall of Taunton Castle, in Taunton, Somerset, England. It hosts a collection of toys and dolls, sculpture, natural history, fossils, fine silver and pottery, and also contains a collection of archaeological items, including the mosaic found at the Low Ham Roman Villa. Also included is the Somerset Military Museum where you can also follow the fortunes of the Somerset Light Infantry as they carried out their campaigns across the world. One of the exhibits is the Chi-Rho amulet found in Shepton Mallet, held to be among the earliest evidence of Christianity in England. In 2008, following analysis at the Liverpool University, using Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy, this was discovered to be a hoax as the silver only dated to the nineteenth century. In October 2007, plans for a £6.5 million improvement to the museum and the castle were submitted by Somerset County Council to the Heritage Lottery Fund. It closed to the public on 18 April 2008 for a two-year refit, and is planned to re-open in 2011 as the Museum of Somerset.


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