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.

Infantry Soldiers (c) Mark North

Social History

June 18, 2024

A Dorset Soldier at Waterloo

This year marks the 209 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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Stalbridge Hoard

Archaeology

May 31, 2024

Acquiring History: Treasure Arrives at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery

Treasure items arrive at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery after the funding target was reached for purchasing the Stalbridge Middle Bronze Age Hoard and Charlton…

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Richard Batterham Lettering Plate

Art

February 27, 2024

New Acquisition | Richard Batterham’s Studio Pottery

“The main work is not to make pots, but allow them to come, to allow them to grow, to allow them to be alive.” –…

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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

UPDATE: We’re delighted that we have now reached our funding target for this item. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this appeal. There…

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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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