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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.”

Temporary Display

3 February - 30 May 2024

John Brown in Dorchester: Rebuilding a Life after slavery

Discover the little-known story of John Brown, in this new showcase display outside the Collections Discovery Centre.

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Tours

22 May 2024, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Store Tour

Join our Collections Team for an opportunity to explore behind the scenes in the Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre.

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Dorset Museum Music Society

22 May 2024, 7:30pm

Horn Trio

Ben Goldscheider, French Horn Callum Smart, Violin Richard Utterly, Piano

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Tours

25 May 2024, 10:00am - 12:00noon

Roman Town House Tour

Join our trained guides through the history of the Roman Town House site and and the precious artifacts recovered and now on display at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery.

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Family Activity

30 May 2024, 10:00am - 12:00noon

May Customs and Ooser Mask Making

Our themed event will delve into the customs and traditions surrounding the merry month of May, learn about the famous horned Ooser mask displayed in the museum, and have a go at making one.

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Storytelling

6 June 2024, 10:00am- 10:30am

Storytime at the Museum

Come and join us for fun-filled Storytime where you can listen to some amazing tales in our Community Space at the Museum.

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Tours

8 June 2024, 10:00am - 12:00noon

Roman Town House Tour

Join our trained guides through the history of the Roman Town House site and and the precious artifacts recovered and now on display at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery.

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Tours

19 June 2024, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Store Tour

Join our Collections Team for an opportunity to explore behind the scenes in the Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre.

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Storytelling

20 June 2024, 10:00am- 10:30am

Storytime at the Museum

Come and join us for fun-filled Storytime where you can listen to some amazing tales in our Community Space at the Museum.

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