Bringing Dorset Museum to the widest possible audience.

Dorset Museum holds wonderful collections that link to stories of Dorset’s people and places throughout the centuries. Because of this, the Museum is host to a wide range of special projects.

Important Announcement

Friday 22 September 2023, The Victorian Hall will also be closed all day for a private function. The Fine Foundation Dorset Story Space, next the the Thomas Hardy's Dorset Gallery will also be closed for an hour around Midday.

Sensing the Past


April 28, 2023

Sensing the Past

A collaborative project with the Dorset Museum, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre and members of the Dorset Blind Association in October and November 2022. Moira Kopanycia…

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This Is Now

Exhibitions and Events

March 6, 2023

This is Now!

Working in partnership with Weymouth College and The Friendly Society of Artistic Labourers,’ This is Now’ explores Dorset Museum’s collection and looks at how creative…

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Stephenjohn Holgate


October 3, 2022

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…

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Grace Peters Clarke and P J Harvey


September 28, 2022

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…

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June 17, 2022

Community Quilt Making Project

We are currently undertaking a community quilt project in relation to Antje Rook’s “A virus a day” quilt which was on display in the community…

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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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People First Exhibition


April 22, 2022

The Environment and Me Project

On Saturday 2nd April 2022, an exhibition of artwork by members of People First Dorset in response to Climate Change was displayed at Dorset Museum…

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Songlines Project (1)


January 20, 2022

Dorset Songlines project begins at Dorset Museum

A performing arts project led by Dorchester Arts in partnership with Geof Edge, Dorset Museum, DASP Music and The Thomas Hardye School The Dorset Songlines…

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Bee and Buttercups Jonathan North © 2020


January 12, 2022

The Urban Nature Project

Dorset Museum is working in partnership with Natural History Museum and others across the UK to start a new urban nature movement. Dorset Museum is…

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