The picture is dominated by a large blue/grey arc shearer with the blade along the top of it. This machine is surrounded by old hand tools.

We have been down to Bath to take a look at the David Pollard collection of quarrying artefacts which are not currently accessible to the public. There are over 4000 artefacts in this collection ranging from hand tools used from the seventeenth century through to this large Samson arc shearer which was last used in Monks Park Quarry. Most of the collection relates to dimension (solid block) quarrying. Our thanks go to Nina, Mary, Mike and Doug for showing us around the collection and sharing some of the stories of quarrying in the Bath area.