About Us


The Heritage of the Ile Trust was formed in 1976 by a group of local Ilminster people, who were concerned to preserve the past of the area for the benefit of the future. The Trust is managed by an enthusiastic body of volunteers who collect and collate photographs that are given to them.
The collection now totals over 5,000 images. The Trust also welcomes donations of other historical records relating to the area. Over the years four books of ‘Images of the Past’ have been compiled, along with calendars and sets of postcards.
Displays are also organised to enable the public to see the collection. In 2003 the Trust transferred the entire archive on loan to the Somerset Record Office. This will ensure the safe long-term future of this unique collection. If you would like to find out more about the Heritage of the Ile Trust, please contact the secretary of the Trust.

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams