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Find out about the life and lifelong interests of the museum's founding curator Herbert Balch, who aquired the building to be the City's museum.

Balch's Study


Born in 1869, Herbert and his wife Ellen raised six children. He had a career in the Post Office, was a pioneer caver and cave archaeologist, and was instrumental in acquiring this building, 8 Cathedral Green, to be a museum, where he and Ellen lived from 1931 until 1954. He died in 1958.


See the roll-top desk presented to him in 1909 by by the Church of England Men's Society, and hear recordings of him speaking about his early life in Wells and his work with the Wells Natural History and Archaeology Society.

This display was created in 2024 with support from the late Jean Imray, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Wells City Archives, and the many volunteers who freely contributed their skills and time.

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