Collection Blog

With a collection of four million objects to look after, new exhibitions to stage and events to host, there’s always so much going on behind the scenes at Dorset Museum.

Check in on our blog to find out more about what our staff and volunteers get up to. From researching curiosities in our collection or sharing what goes into curating an exhibition, they’ll share their stories and give you the insider’s view from one of Dorset’s top visitor attractions.

John Brown of Dorchester

Collection Blog

February 8, 2024

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…

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Dog by Elisabeth Frink, Plaster, 1992, Conserved with the support of The Finnis Scott Foundation. 2020.1.87. Artist © in Elisabeth Frink images courtesy of Tully and Bree Jammet/Courtesy of Dorset Museum & Art Gallery.

Art

January 9, 2024

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…

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Stalbridge Middle Bronze Age Hoard Appeal. Rights Holder: Surrey County Council CC BY 2.0 DEED

Appeal

November 2, 2023

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…

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Charlton Marshall Gold Stater Hoard The British Museum CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 DEED

Appeal

November 2, 2023

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…

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Askerswell Hoard

Archaeology

August 10, 2023

A rare Roman coin hoard acquired by Dorset Museum in 2022 has gone on display

The hoard of Roman coins was found in the parish of Askerswell in West Dorset in 2017 during a metal detecting rally.  A selection…

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Stturgeon

Collection Blog

July 2, 2023

A Fisherman’s Tale: The Monster Fish of the River Frome

Visitors to the Dorset Museum may have noticed the large fish suspended in the Natural Dorset exhibit in the Lulworth Gallery. Believe it or not,…

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Infantry Soldiers (c) Mark North

Social History

June 18, 2023

A Dorset Soldier at Waterloo

This year marks the 208 Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815. We highlight the role played by Dorset-born, Sgt William Lawrence,…

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Tympanum of Door at Fordington Church, Dorchester

Archaeology

April 22, 2023

Fordington St. George by H. J. Moule

From the ‘Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society’ Volume 5, 1844, an article written by Henry. Joseph. Moule, M.A. entitled ‘Fordington St.

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PJ Harvey with Orlam

Literature

March 28, 2023

Items gifted by singer-songwriter PJ Harvey go on display at Dorset Museum

An archive of items gifted to Dorset Museum by PJ Harvey on the publication of her Dorset dialect poem Orlam, has gone on display.

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