Thomas Hardy

The Museum holds the world’s largest collection relating to Dorset-born Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) – one of the most important writers of the 19th century. It includes many paper items, together with clothes such as Hardy’s embroidered christening robe, his sister’s stunning red silk bustle dress, and a striped scarf that he lent to his gardener. The core of the collection was gifted to the Museum by the Hardy family in 1937, and the archive was placed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2012.

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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Thomas Hardy

November 10, 2020

Thomas Hardy’s scarf

This scarf is one of the few pieces of Hardy’s clothing that survive. When Hardy died, his wife Florence asked their gardener Bertie Stephens to…

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Thomas Hardy

October 30, 2020

Katharine Hardy’s red dress      

Hardy’s younger sister Katharine (1856-1940) was a schoolteacher and had this dress made in Dorchester. With its luxurious red silk and bustle, it is reminiscent…

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Thomas Hardy

October 14, 2020

Maquette of the Statue of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) at the Top ‘o Town 

Thomas Hardy Eric Kennington Bronze…

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Thomas Hardy

October 14, 2020

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)     

Maggie Richardson Mitchell Bronze…

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Thomas Hardy

October 14, 2020

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)     

Reginald Grenville Eves Oil on canvas…

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Thomas Hardy

October 14, 2020

Perpetual calendar   

After Hardy’s first wife Emma died in 1912, Hardy kept his desk calendar set to the date he met her – ‘That never to be…

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Thomas Hardy

October 14, 2020

Thomas Hardy’s writing pens   

Hardy wrote Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure with these pens, dipping the nibs repeatedly into the inkwell on his desk. He engraved…

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Thomas Hardy

October 14, 2020

Original manuscript of The Woodlanders   

The Woodlanders is the first novel Hardy worked on in his new study at Max Gate and was partly inspired by the village of Melbury…

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Thomas Hardy

October 14, 2020

Original manuscript of Under the Greenwood Tree  

Hardy wrote Under the Greenwood Tree in 1871 when he was living at Weymouth and Higher Bockhampton. He set the story in Mellstock, a village…

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