General audience

Maiden Castle Walk

July 2, 2022

The History and Mystery of Maiden Castle | Gary Biltcliffe

A guided tour of Maiden Castle to explore its origins, myths and legends with Gary Biltcliffe, author of ‘The Spirit of Portland‘.

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Maiden Castle

June 20, 2022

VIP Archaeology: From the Neolithic to the Medieval, the archaeology of the Dorset Visual Impact Provision | John Boothroyd

Working on behalf of National Grid on its Dorset Visual Impact Provision (VIP) just outside Dorchester, a team of more than 25 archaeologists spent almost two years excavating and recording a wealth of evidence for human activity dating back 6000 years.

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The Durotriges Project

June 20, 2022

The Durotriges Project | Paul Cheetham

Of all the Iron Age tribes identified from pre-Roman Britain, the Durotriges are the most culturally distinct. Roughly occupying an area that equates with modern Dorset, together with significant parts of southern Wiltshire and south-eastern Somerset, the pottery, coinage, settlements and burial practices of the Durotriges clearly marks them out from their contemporary tribal neighbours the Atrebates, Belgae, Dumnonii and Dobunni.

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Knowlton Rings

June 20, 2022

Hidden Patterns in the South Dorset Landscape | Jonathan Harwood

The positions of churches in the South Dorset Landscape, when connected together by straight lines reveal deliberate and meaningful patterns. 

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A water meadow scene, near Dorchester by Henry Joseph Moule

June 19, 2022

The Magic and Myth of Watermeadows | Dr Kathy Stearne

The origins of water meadows are lost in medieval times. Surface water irrigation expanded in Wessex and throughout England from the sixteenth century and was a sustainable intensive integrated agricultural system until the twentieth century. This talk looks at the origins of water meadows in England.

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South Dorset Ridgeway Barrows

June 19, 2022

The Extraordinary Prehistoric Landscape Under Your Feet And Up The Hills | Steve Wallis

In this talk Steve Wallis is to explore the prehistoric landscape of the Dorchester area, covering the changes over time and the different types of monuments and remains.

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Plastics are not Fantastic

June 6, 2022

Plastics are not Fantastic

In this exhibition students from Weymouth College express their thoughts about the environment through posters, pledges and artwork.

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Hardy’s Wessex

May 27, 2022

Museum after hours

Join us for an opportunity to explore the Museum at this free late opening

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Tim Laycock

May 25, 2022

Wessex Folk Tales: Story-telling with Tim Laycock

Participatory folk stories and songs for all the family.

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