A Museum in the Making
28 May – 24 November 2021
Dorchester artist Peter Runeckles was given unique access to the Museum construction site between 2018 and 2020.
Working alongside the team from Acheson Construction, a series of watercolour paintings record the highs and lows of the building of the new Dorset Museum.
I realised that the process of demolition and rebuilding would never be seen by most people, so I thought I would do a series of paintings to record it. My pictures represent different stages of the process and different views including from the top of St Peter’s Church tower.
My pictures started with a photograph or a pencil sketch. Often the situation was changing very quickly, as for example in the series of views of the concrete being poured on the floor. The detail was then added with waterproof ink and painted in with watercolour. Each one took over 30 hours to complete.
Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm
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Dorset MuseumHigh West Street
Dorchester DT1 1XA
Location: Alice Cooper Dean Community SpaceMuseum Map
Free, Opening times may vary.
What else is on?
28 May – 30 October 2022
Take a fresh look at the Victorian novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy, in the stunning Wessex landscapes that shaped his view of the world. His story will be retold in exciting new ways by our museum collections, from period costumes to personal letters, art to archaeology.Find out more
17 June - 11 July 2022, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Hardy’s Wessex: Drawing on the ancient past
This six-week course led by artist Helen Garrett will take you on a creative journey through Thomas Hardy’s work, inspirations and Dorset Museum’s collections.Find out more
20 June – 16 September 2022
Plastics are not Fantastic
In this exhibition students from Weymouth College express their thoughts about the environment through posters, pledges and artwork.Find out more
9 July 2022, 10:30am - 12:00noon
Roman Town House Tours
A guided tour of one of the best examples of a Roman Town House in England.Find out more
10 July 2022, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Have fun with stencils and create your own printed fabric based on flowers and natural forms in our Dorset artist and Natural Dorset galleries.Find out more
20 July 2022, 7:30pm
Victoria Sayles and Kirsty Barry
A visit from two musicians with strong local connections. Violinist, Victoria (Dorchester born and bred) now enjoys an international career having recently been appointed leader of the Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra while Pianist, Kirsty will be remembered as a former member of staff at Thomas Hardye School.Find out more
21 July 2022, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Museum after hours
The Home of Hillforts and Henges event to celebrate our local heritage landscape will launch at Dorset Museum with a special open evening: Museum after hours.Find out more
21 July 2022, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Ridgeway Vikings: New research and findings | Heather Tamminen
Using modern digital technology, the sharp force of trauma on these individuals has been reappraised to see what new information can be learned.Find out more
22 July 2022, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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.Find out more