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September 15, 2023

Museums After Dark 2023

Discover three incredible Dorchester museums on one unforgettable night.

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Elisabeth Frink

September 14, 2023

Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within

Experience the inner world of famous sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) in a major new exhibition exploring her artistic and personal life in Dorset. Showcasing over 80  sculptures, drawings and prints, this exhibition will explore her artistic process, personal life, and the influences that shaped her work.

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September 6, 2023

What’s new in the British and Irish Neolithic? | Dr Alison Sheridan

While the past doesn’t change, our knowledge and understanding of it are being transformed by new discoveries and new research – and this is especially the case with the Neolithic period, the time of the first farming communities from the late 5th millennium to around 2500 BCE. This lecture offers some highlights from the past decade or so.

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Heritage Open Day_2

August 22, 2023

Dorset Museum Open Day

Visitors can explore 250 million years of Dorset’s history for FREE

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Lynx by Trevor Parsons

August 20, 2023

Nature Heals | Photography Screening

Join us for a mindful moment at the Corn Exchange. Drop in and relax in front of a superb display of nature photography by Trevor Parsons, shown on a loop on our giant projection screen and accompanied by beautiful music and nature soundtrack.

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Rewilding later prehistory

August 19, 2023

‘Rewilding’ later prehistory: Archaeological wildlife and its role in contemporary nature recovery | Anwen Cooper

Climate change and biodiversity loss are, understandably, of growing interest to a wide cross-section of people. David Attenborough’s recent ‘Wild Isles’ series both awakened us to the magical wildlife of the British Isles and warned us of its extreme fragility.

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Part of the Chettle Grave Group ready for display. Copyright Trustees of the British Museum.

August 19, 2023

Traditions and Transitions: The Story of the Chettle Grave Group | Sophia Adams

A locally made wine strainer, an old mirror and a blue glass jar perhaps from Cologne. These are just three of the eight artefacts found in 2003, buried together on land within Chettle Park, Dorset.

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A selection of coins from the hoard. © The British Museum – Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

August 3, 2023

The Askerswell Hoard

Discover a rare Roman coin hoard recently acquired by Dorset Museum, and find out about the work going on to preserve, research and catalogue it, in this special showcase display outside the Collections Discovery Centre.

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Roman Town House Tours

July 31, 2023

Roman Town House Tours

A guided tour of one of the best examples of a Roman Town House in England.

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