29th June – 28th July, Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm (closed Saturday 13th & 20th July). Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome, BA11 1DN. Free entry
Casting the World tells the story of J.W. Singer & Sons and the iconic monuments and statues made in Frome. The exhibition is based on years of research, at the centre of which are large-scale reproductions from the conserved Victorian glass plate negatives from the Singer’s archive. The images were nearly lost to history but for the quick thinking of one Singer’s employee who, in the 1970s, stopped boxes of glass plate negatives from being thrown into a skip and arranged for them to be donated to Frome Museum. Over 3,000 glass plate negatives and photographs survive, holding images of hundreds of artworks, large and small, produced at the foundry, and of some of the local people involved in their production. The exhibition will bring to light the incredible archive of images and tell the fascinating story of John Webb Singer and the legacy he created in Frome and beyond.