Exhibition: Casting the World: The Story of J.W. Singer & Sons, Frome

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 […]

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Workshops: Casting the World – Casting Studio Workshop at Black Swan Arts

5th – 14th July, Saturday & Sundays 10am | 11.30am | 1.00pm | 2.30pm at Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, BA11 1BB

Come and try your hand at being a casting apprentice at this family-friendly workshop. The Long Gallery at Black Swan Arts will be transformed into a casting studio, bringing history alive and offering the opportunity to learn the basics of the casting techniques used to such great effect at the J.W. Singer & Sons foundry […]

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Event: Casting the World: A Promenade Performance – Selwood Academy in conjunction with Magic penny Productions

Saturday 13th July, Outside Frome Library, BA11 1BE, 11.30am FREE

Magic Penny Productions, who specialise in creating bespoke productions that celebrate local history, has teamed up with Kevin Ross and Selwood Academy to create a performance using characters and inspiration from the research into Singer’s foundry. Devised in collaboration with, and performed by 22 Year 7 students, the performance begins outside the library and takes […]

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Event: Singer’s Glass Plate Negatives Conservation with Sarah Allen

Saturday 13th July, 2pm. Frome Museum, North Parade, Frome BA11 1AT. £5 / £3 conc / Free to under 25s

The Singer photographic archive was dramatically saved from destruction by Singer’s employee Steve Francis, when in the 1970s he saw they were being thrown in a skip. Over 3,000 plates survived, a proportion of which have been conserved as part of Casting the World by Photographic Materials Conservator Sarah Allen. Sarah will discuss her work […]

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Walks: Singer’s Town Trail with Curator Sue Bucklow

Sunday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th July – 2pm. Free. Start at Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome BA11 1DN

Casting the World Curator Sue Bucklow will lead you on a Singer’s walkabout, taking in the significant locations associated with John Webb Singer and the site of the Singer’s foundry. Frome Town Council have produced the Singer’s Town Trail to coincide with Casting the World and the bicentenary of John Webb Singer’s birth. Pick up […]

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Event: Storytelling with Lisa Kenwright – stories inspired by sculptures cast at Singer’s foundry

Sunday 14th July, Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome BA11 1DN – 11am | 12pm | 1pm, Free

King Alfred in Winchester, the Welsh Dragon that sits on top of Cardiff City Hall and Boudica on the Thames Embankment in London were all cast in Frome, but do you know the stories behind the sculptures? These historical and mythical figures will be brought to life by storyteller Lisa Kenwright, who will spin tales […]

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Talk: Amy & Alice, Two Sculptors, Two Stories – Sue Bucklow & Phyllida Shaw

Tuesday 16th July, 7.30pm. Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome, BA11 1DN. Tickets: £5 / £3 conc / Free to under 25s

Sculptors Alice Meredith Williams and Amy Singer were connected both by their training in Paris and the Singer’s foundry here in Frome, where so much of Alice’s work was cast. Yet they never knew each other. Writer Phyllida Shaw will share her research into the work of Alice Meredith Williams, which includes the Scottish National […]

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Casting the World exhibition catalogue: Meet the Author

Saturday 20th July, 2 – 4 pm, Hunting Raven bookshop, 10 Cheap Street, Frome BA11 1BN

Casting the World Curator, Sue Bucklow, will be available to talk about her research into J.W. Singer & Sons. The exhibition catalogue features images from the Singer’s archive consisting of more than 3000 glass plate negatives housed at Frome Museum. Available to purchase from the exhibition, Frome Museum and Hunting Raven for £10. All profits […]

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Casting the World – Frome Carnival entry

Saturday 21st September, 7pm. Procession route throughout Frome town centre. Free

In times gone by, Frome’s businesses all contributed entries to Frome Carnival, giving employees vehicles, space and time to build floats. The foundry, which still exists in Frome, is now Johnson Controls, which makes parts for fire sprinkler systems, and is this year resurrecting the tradition of a business-sponsored entry, providing funding and volunteers to […]

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