Dorset Writers

Thomas Hardy is just one of the writers represented in the Museum’s collections. Others include the 19th-century poet, linguist and teacher William Barnes, and members of the Chaldon Herring literary and artistic community, such as the novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner, her partner the poet Valentine Ackland, and Powys family members.

Christmas & New Year Opening Times 

Sat 24 December | CLOSED
Sun 25 December | CLOSED
Mon 26 December | CLOSED
Tues 27 Dec | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Wed 28 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Thurs 29 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Fri 30 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Sat 31 Dec | OPEN – 9am to 3pm (early closing)
Sun 1 Jan 2023 | CLOSED
Mon 2 Jan | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Tues 3 Jan | OPEN, normal hours

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Dorset Writers

October 30, 2020

Valentine Ackland      

Gertrude Mary Powys Oil on canvas…

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Dorset Writers

October 30, 2020

Katie on ‘Josephine’       

Gertrude Mary Powys Oil on canvas…

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Dorset Writers

October 30, 2020

John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) AD

Gertrude Powys painted sensitive portraits of her siblings and other artists and writers who were part of the Chaldon Herring community. In this painting she…

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Dorset Writers

September 24, 2020

Statue of William Barnes

Maquette for a statue of William Barnes by Edwin Roscoe Mullins (1848-1907)…

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Dorset Writers

September 24, 2020

William Barnes’ shoes

William Barnes (1801-1886) was well known and respected in Dorchester as a teacher, rector and one of the founders of Dorset Museum. A writer of…

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