Read the latest news stories about the Dorset Museum.

The last 3 years have been busy redeveloping the new Museum into a world-class heritage attraction.

Come with us on the journey as we reopen and we’ll share our news with you from exhibitions, acquisitions, awards, and everyday Museum life here in Dorset.

PJ Harvey with Orlam


April 28, 2022

P J Harvey visits Dorset Museum and gifts Orlam proofs and exclusive photograph to collection

The Dorset-born singer-songwriter, musician and poet, has visited Dorset Museum ahead of the publication of her Dorset dialect narrative poem Orlam. Dorset Museum Interim…

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April 27, 2022

Bridport Prize Black Writer Residency winners at the Dorset Museum

Grace Peters-Clarke and Stephenjohn Holgate from Birmingham recently arrived in Dorchester for a visit ahead of their residencies in April and June as winners of…

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A Village Choir, by Thomas Webster. Oil painting. Great Britain, 1847. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Exhibitions and Events

April 22, 2022

Dorset Museum to display star painting from Victoria and Albert Museum

A star object from the Victoria and Albert Museums collection is due to go on display in a new exhibition being held at Dorset Museum.

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South West Tourism England


April 20, 2022

Awards Success for Dorset Museum!

Dorset Museum had a busy day on Thursday 7th April 2022 with award wins in both the South West Tourism Awards and the Dorchester and…

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Virus Quilt


March 14, 2022

Artwork that became an inspiration during the coronavirus pandemic is on display at Museum

A Virus a Day is an exhibition of textile art by Antje Rook which tells a personal story of living with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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March 8, 2022

Solidarity with Ukraine

Dorset Museum stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and supports them in their fight to preserve their independence. As museum workers, we support…

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Elizabeth Selby


February 16, 2022

Dorset Museum appoints Elizabeth Selby as Interim Director and Jean Lang as Chair of Trustees

Elizabeth Selby has been appointed Interim Director of Dorset Museum and the Dorset and Natural History and Archaeological Society by the Society’s Board of Trustees,…

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Clandon Barrow Gold Lozenge


February 16, 2022

Dorset Museum lends objects to landmark Stonehenge exhibition at British Museum

Dorset Museum is one of a number of major institutions across Europe lending objects to a major exhibition at the British Museum, opening on 17…

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Alex Briggs


February 11, 2022

Alex takes on Dorset community engagement role

We’re pleased to announce that Alex Briggs has been appointed as Learning and Community Co-ordinator at Dorset Museum. In this important role, she will be…

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