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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.”

Community Exhibition

3 October 2022 - 8 February 2023

Unmasked

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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Special Exhibition

3 December 2022 - 26 February 2023

I Grew Up 80s

This winter visitors to Dorset Museum are invited to take a trip back in time with the nostalgia-filled exhibition I Grew Up 80s.

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Workshop

3 February 2023 - 10 March 2023, 10am -12.45pm

Drawing Into Life – 6 Week Creative Course with Helen Garrett

Winter can be a deeply creative time. We notice luminous landscapes, animals scuttling into their shelters or out searching for food, tempestuous weather patterns, colours, and endless changing skies.

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ArtyFacts Workshop

5 February 2023, 10:30am-12:00pm

I Grew Up 80s ArtyFacts

Create your own weaving crafts inspired by our I Grew Up 80s exhibition.

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Tours

7 February 2023, 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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ArtyFacts Workshop

14 February 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm

I Grew Up 80s ArtyFacts

Use modelling clay, plasticine, and play dough to create your own 1980s inspired creatures.

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Tours

14 February 2023, 11:00am - 12:00noon

Dorset Museum Highlights Tour

Explore 250 million years of Dorset’s history in this volunteer-led highlights tour of Dorset Museum. Discover Roman mosaics, fossils from the Jurassic Coast, Thomas Hardy manuscripts and the sculptures of Elisabeth Frink – and plenty more along the way.

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After-hours relaxed opening

14 February 2023, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

FREE | After hours relaxed opening

Visitors can explore Dorset Museum during this relaxed opening for children with neurodiverse conditions and other sensory processing difficulties. Explore the exhibition and galleries with sound levels at a minimum and screens turned off. There will also be light-touch activities in the Learning Centre.

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ArtyFacts Workshop

16 February 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm

I Grew Up 80s ArtyFacts

Use modelling clay, plasticine, and play dough to create your own 1980s inspired creatures.

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