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Geology Collection
The museum has some exceptionally important Pleistocene material from Badger Den and Hyaena Den on the Mendips. Other geological material comprises specimens both from Somerset and a good reference collection of rocks and minerals from the rest of the world.

There are also images and information about local spelaeology in the Mendip caves.
Wells Museum houses important information, archives, photographs, and archaeological and geological artefacts from the Mendip caves. The collection presently numbers several thousand items and the historical importance of this collection in the spelaeological world in considerable. Much of the pioneering work was undertaken by H E Balch.
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Location Details

Wells Museum
8 Cathedral Green Wells BA5 2UE
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Building Information
8 Cathedral Green is a fine historic building within the Cathedral Close.
Collections Overview
Wells Museum is a long-established museum which houses important local collections of natural science and archaeology relating to the City of Wells and the Mendips. It also has an interesting embroidery collection. The museum's collection is built around that of its founder, H E Balch, a local man who became a Freeman of the City of Wells and had a life-long interest in speleology, archaeology and natural history.
Display Overview
The museum's displays focus on the geology, archaeology and medieval history of Wells and the Mendips. There is also a display of a large collection of samplers.
Star Objects
Roman lead pigs; bone remains of 'The Witch of Wookey'; 16th century map of Mendip lead mines.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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