Fewer than 20 jadeite axes are known from Neolithic Britain and this is one of the finest examples. It was made from stone taken from the foothills of the Italian Alps then polished and finished in southwest France or Brittany, coming to Britain around 3,800 BCE.

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.