Collection should be out in the open
THE recent Phillips Portraits exhibition at the Wells and Mendip Museum is only a part of a major collection of images of people and landmarks in the area of Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Shepton Mallet and the neighbouring villages, where many families still reside, taken by Bert Phillips in the 1890s onwards.
The huge collection donated to the museum needs to be more in the public domain than being stuck on the shelves in the archives.
This really is a part of the people, who are equally the cultural custodians of Wells and the area.
It is through stalwarts like Clare Blackmore, who are endeavouring to make this important collection a major resource of the museum and not just another hidden artefact.
Clare, well known for her history and heritage of Wells, is surely a nomination for the BA5 Awards and a worthy recipient for all her hard work.