Researcher for VCH Somerset

The Somerset County History Trust has secured funding to appoint a researcher for 12 months for a fixed fee of £26,500.

The person appointed will undertake high quality original research of the parishes of Staplegrove and Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, to the standard required for the Victoria County History. You will then use this research to create the draft chapters on the two parishes for inclusion in Volume XIII of the Somerset VCH. The two parishes have a rich and varied history.

Norton Fitzwarren has an important hill fort and a church with a unique medieval screen. The parish was home to a large cider works; a key Somerset industry. It also housed a World War II military supply depot, used for the build-up of supplies for D-Day. It now contains a large military camp, the newly built Somerset Heritage Centre, and many businesses. Staplegrove contains many farms close to the foot of the Quantock Hills. It has large houses built in the 18th and 19th centuries, one of which developed into the present Taunton School. It was home to the Back Brook Silk Mill, and gave the name silk mills to the surrounding area. In the late 20th and early 21st century both parishes have seen large-scale housing development.

The researcher will be an independent contractor and not the employee of the Somerset County History Trust. He/she will bear exclusive responsibility for the payment of national insurance contributions as a self-employed person, and for the discharge of any income tax liability arising out of fees paid for work undertaken for the Somerset County History Trust. The researcher will not be required to submit evidence of the hours committed. The researcher will also enjoy volunteer status with the South West Heritage Trust, which runs the Somerset Heritage Centre.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Mary Siraut on (01823) 347456.

To apply please contact Mary Siraut for a copy of the Job Description and for an application form. Email:

Closing date:3 February 2017 at 5.00 pm Interviews: 24 February 2017

Published on: 
3 Jan 2017