Author Archives: Mark North

A new display at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery reveals the little-known story of John Brown

A new showcase display at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery will focus on the little-known and extraordinary story of John Brown, who escaped enslavement in the USA and lived in Dorchester during the 1860s. It has been curated by Jordan Cole, a student at Bath Spa University, and uses research…

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Dorset Museum & Art Gallery has been awarded a grant of approximately £250K by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Dorset Museum & Art Gallery is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a generous grant of £250k from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This funding has been made possible by the contributions of National Lottery players, and it will have a significant impact on various aspects of…

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Conservation | Frink’s Plaster Sculptures

The exhibition “Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within” presented a unique opportunity for the Museum to undertake the preservation and conservation of Elisabeth Frink’s original plaster sculptures, which were originally intended to be cast in bronze. Several years after Frink’s death in 1993, these delicate plasters had been stored alongside…

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Awakened by Frink Project

Awakened by Frink is a community-curated exhibition of artwork by members of the Dorset Deaf Activities Group created during a series of workshops at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery. The project ran over three months in 2023, enabling Dorset Museum & Art Gallery to broaden the audiences that engage with…

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Stalbridge Middle Bronze Age Hoard Appeal

Dorset Museum and Art Gallery is hoping to acquire a highly unusual and important group of bronze objects dating to the Middle Bronze Age. Middle Bronze Age rapier, a bangle and palstave axe head. PAS/The British Museum, Surrey County Council CC BY 2.0 DEED It consists of a palstave axe head, an…

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Charlton Marshall Gold Stater Hoard Appeal

Dorset Museum & Art Gallery is hoping to acquire a group of 40 gold stater coins found at Charlton Marshall, dating to the 2nd century BCE. They are incredibly unusual as they were imported from France. They were made by a Gaulish tribe called the Baiocasses and only a very…

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Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within | Fundraising Appeal

Dorset Museum & Art Gallery are seeking donations to help raise a shortfall in exhibition costs for the forthcoming major exhibition Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within. The exhibition opens on 2 December 2023, running until 21 April. It will then tour to Swindon Museum & Art Gallery and The…

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VisitEngland Gold Visitor Attraction Accolade for Dorset Museum & Art Gallery

Dorset Museum & Art Gallery has achieved official recognition as one of the top tourist destinations in the region. It has earned the prestigious gold standard accreditation from VisitEngland, making it one of only eight tourist establishments in the South West to attain this prestigious status. Claire Dixon, Executive Director…

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Moments in Time performed by Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers is a Dorchester-based community dance group of older women, established in 2012. We value the artistic, social and mental health benefits of regular dance sessions as well, as the physical, and create contemporary dances inspired by a range of starting points, ideas and dance styles.

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