Author Archives: Mark North

Christmas & New Year Opening Times 

Sat 24 December | CLOSED
Sun 25 December | CLOSED
Mon 26 December | CLOSED
Tues 27 Dec | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Wed 28 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Thurs 29 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Fri 30 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Sat 31 Dec | OPEN – 9am to 3pm (early closing)
Sun 1 Jan 2023 | CLOSED
Mon 2 Jan | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Tues 3 Jan | OPEN, normal hours

Dorset Museum named finalist in four Dorset Tourism Awards

Dorset Museum has been named a finalist in four Dorset Tourism Award categories.   After their Silver Award in the 2021/22 Dorset Tourism Awards, Dorset Museum is a finalist in the following categories of the 2022/23 awards: Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award…

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The Milton Abbas Pendant

The Museum has the opportunity to acquire this complete gold and rock crystal pendant dating to the 6th or 7th century CE. Found near Milton Abbas in North Dorset, the pendant is sub-triangular in form and consists of a gold frame which encloses a slightly bi-convex piece of rock…

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Kids Go Free Every Weekend

Dorset Museum is offering free children’s entry every weekend this Winter! Dorset Museum is allowing visitors to explore 250 million years of Dorset’s history with ease this Winter with their ‘Kids Go Free Every Weekend’ offer, starting this weekend on Saturday 5 November. To help families find affordable things to…

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Dorset Museum’s exhibition celebrating the popular culture of the 1980s opens this December

Visitors can explore a time capsule of over 200 objects on display. Visitors to the Dorset Museum in the county town of Dorchester are invited to take a trip back in time this winter, as the touring exhibition I Grew Up 80s makes its first stop in the Southwest region. The…

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Bridport Prize Black Writer Residency: Stephenjohn Holgate

The Plan When I look back at my week’s residency with the Museum of Dorchester and the Bridport Prize, I have a jumble of handwritten notes in various notebooks and a leaf from my diary that details the week in such riveting prose as “teachers’ evening at the Museum” and…

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Bridport Prize Black Writer Residency: Grace Peters Clarke

When I applied for the Bridport Prize Black Writer Residency, I was excited about the prospect of spending an entire week in the countryside, with a focus on nothing but my writing. At the time it seemed audacious for me to consider myself a writer much less be titled a…

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Campaign to unlock Thomas Hardy archive

Dorset Archives Trust is leading a fundraising effort to permanently unlock the internationally significant, UNESCO-listed archive of author Thomas Hardy, gifted to Dorset Museum in 1937 and held on deposit at Dorset History Centre. The majority of the collection, which consists of over 150 boxes of material and includes the…

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Tracy Chevalier

Bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and trustee of Dorset Museum Summer is a great time for reading, when many of us have more time for it, whether while lazing in the garden or lying by a pool, or sitting on a plane or train. I’ve found that…

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Dorset Museum’s largest and heaviest artefact ?

Some of the many artefacts in the Dorset Museum’s collections are on display in the galleries and some are held in store, but some are too big and too heavy to go into either. The Dorset Museum’s traction engine, ‘Hayden Princess’, is one of the latter artefacts. Built…

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