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 Osmond in Dorset where his mother grew up.

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.