A young boy from Peasedown St John has been inspired to discover more about the local area’s rich mining and transport history after visiting Radstock Museum.

The museum has a range of exhibits which offer an insight into North Somerset life since the 19th century.

However, Teddie Prouse, eight, from Peasedown St John, wanted to discover how coal was transported from the Somerset coal mines to the rest of the country between the 1700s-1900s. 

Exploring both canal, tram and railway history, Teddie discovered how transport changed over time from 1700 to 1900. This history is still evident in the landscape today, notably in the cycle routes which have since replaced the railway, which itself superseded canals in the area. 

Teddie hopes his project will inspire other children to discover more about the history of where they live. “There is so much history under our feet and so much to be learned at museums,” he said. “Next, we are going to visit the SDR Midsomer Norton Railway Museum and Dundes Aqueduct."

The manager of Radstock Museum, Nick Turner, has kindly agreed to display Teddie’s timeline in the museum for a short time, for anyone wanting to see this and many more of the exhibits on display.