Author Archives: Mark North

Museum Director takes up new role!

Dr Jon Murden, Executive Director of Dorset Museum, will be leaving the Museum after 12 years to take on a new role as the chief executive of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in Hampshire. Dr Murden has said to staff this morning that “It is with not inconsiderable sadness…

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Dorset Museum shortlisted for national Family Friendly Museum Award

It’s been announced that Dorset Museum has been shortlisted for a Kids in Museums Family Friendly Award, 2021. The charity ‘Kids in Museums’ has run a prestigious annual award for the past 15 years, recognising the most family-friendly heritage sites in the UK. It is the only museum award…

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Open evening for schools

It gives us great pleasure to invite school staff to our hugely transformed Dorset Museum on Thursday 15th July between 17.30 – 19.30 for FREE. Explore the galleries, see thousands of objects, and meet the Learning and Engagement team during this FREE, informal, relaxed evening at the new Dorset Museum.

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Dorset Museum is OPEN!

The long-awaited opening of the Dorset Museum is here, after the £16.4 million redevelopment that started in October 2018. We are open!! Dr Jon Murden stands in front of the Museum The new Museum has four new permanent galleries, a special exhibitions gallery, collections centre, library, shop, and cafe. The…

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Lifeline Grant

Dorset Museum is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding…

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Wildlife in the Red

The Wessex Museums partnership is pitching in against biodiversity loss. ‘Wildlife in the Red’ is the title of their virtual exhibition. The strapline is ‘Once collectors’ curiosities, now endangered species’ which sums up the story. Our museums hold natural history objects that were once just seen as curiosities, but now…

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A Museum in the Making

This month we celebrated 175 years when the concept of building a museum to house all of the treasures of Dorset’s rich history was conceived by a group of forward-thinking individuals. It was on the 15th October 1845 a group, including the Dorset poet, William Barnes; the vicar of Fordington,…

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‘Topping Out’ Milestone

Lord Fellowes of West Stafford joins the staff of Dorset Museum as they celebrate the completion of structural work with Dorset-based construction company Acheson. Despite the challenges faced with the pandemic this year, the team behind the multi-million-pound refurbishment is delighted to have reached a truly momentous milestone. Acknowledging the…

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The Bond Family, 1848

Meet the team at IFACS Bristol, who are currently conserving this very precious picture of The Bond Family for the display in the new Museum. It will be a highlight of our new People’s Dorset gallery exploring objects and stories from 500,000 years ago to the present day. “The…

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