Alex takes on Dorset community engagement role

February 11, 2022

We’re pleased to announce that Alex Briggs has been appointed as Learning and Community Co-ordinator at Dorset Museum.

In this important role, she will be helping the museum find exciting ways to engage with underserved communities. Here she explains more about her role, past experience and unusual connection with Dorset Museum!

“I am really excited to be working with the Wessex Museums Partnership and about the journey and challenges that lie ahead. Part of my job involves reaching out and working with underserved communities in Dorset. I am currently planning a series of sensory, handling tours and fossil hunting sessions with partially sighted and blind adults in the Natural Dorset Gallery and at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. I am also organising an exhibition of artwork created by adults with disabilities which captured their response to climate change through a series of workshops undertaken last year.

“Prior to my new role, I worked within further and secondary education as an art and design teacher and I was also head of pastoral care in my school where I developed a programme for wellbeing and resilience. I also undertook many community projects and I am really looking forward to using this experience for future projects.

“I often visit museums and galleries in my spare time and have an interesting connection to Dorset Museum. Within its collection is a cast of a well-known megalosaurus jaw, now in the Natural History Museum, that was originally found in the garden of my family home in Sherborne! 

“Dorset museum has an incredible collection of art and when the new museum opened in May last year I volunteered as a gallery steward where I was able to help to engage and inspire others. The photograph of me above is in front of my favourite painting in the museum, Landscape Impression, by Anthony Brown.”

Special Exhibition

28 May – 30 October 2022

Take a fresh look at the Victorian novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy, in the stunning Wessex landscapes that shaped his view of the world. His story will be retold in exciting new ways by our museum collections, from period costumes to personal letters, art to archaeology.

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9 September 2022 - 14 October 2022

Drawing Into Life – 6 Week Creative Course

Six week art course designed for adults interested in art and archaeology. This new course is an exciting opportunity to get up close with some extraordinary artefacts in the collection at Dorset Museum. You will be drawing inspiration from prehistoric art including Neolithic flint tools, Anglo Saxon gold, precious burial goods, Roman mosaics, decorative textiles and archaeological maps amongst others, and have the chance to work directly from the Elisabeth Frink collection.

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Community Exhibition

3 October 2022 - 8 February 2023


Unmasked is a local, voluntary project that began in the dark days of March 2020, when a new disease called COVID-19 literally stopped the world as we knew it.

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Poetry Evening


Who’s in the Next Room?

Poems by Thomas Hardy with new writing from Paul Hyland, Kate Scott, Catherine Simmonds & Pam Zinnemann-Hope

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Big Draw 2022

9 October 2022, 10:30am - 12noon

The Big Draw at Dorset Museum

Come and take part in our Big Draw event at Dorset Museum. Inspired by the natural world around us, colour and natural forms, help us create a giant collage in the style of Henri Rousseau to display in one of our galleries.

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11 October 2022, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Archaeology Highlights Tour

Explore archaeological treasures held by Dorset Museum – from Bronze Age gold to medieval silver -  in this volunteer-led tour.

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13 October 2022, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Museum after hours

Join us for an opportunity to explore the Museum at this free late opening

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13 October 2022, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

A persistent place: a new chronology for Neolithic Dorchester

The area underneath and around the town of Dorchester was an important place for Neolithic people, who built a variety of monuments here over a period of 2000 years. In this talk, Dr Susan Greaney discusses the research project that has obtained radiocarbon dates from samples of antler picks, charcoal and human remains held in the Dorset Museum collection and has been able to build a brand new chronology for the monuments.

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21 October 2022, 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Strings Forever!

Join baroque violinist Emma-Marie Kabanova on a musical journey back in time exploring the dance tunes and folk music beloved by Thomas Hardy and his family.  Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson contribute the traditional dance tunes and folksongs of Dorset on violin, concertina and melodeon.

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