Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Day – Thomas Hardy Tour

15 September 2024, 13:00-14:00

Join us this Heritage Open Day for a bespoke tour of the Museum to learn more about the world of Thomas Hardy with our trained guide. The tour will bring Thomas Hardy’s story to life through a selection of objects in our collection, spanning Hardy’s childhood right through to his adult life and death.

On the Hardy tour, you’ll uncover the hidden stories behind the objects on display and contemplate the connections between our wider collections and the social, historical and natural landscapes which inspired Hardy’s Wessex. Whether you’re a Hardy enthusiast, or are completely new to Hardy’s works, all are welcome on this engaging tour to delve deeper into the world of Thomas Hardy.

  • Opening hours:

    Dorset Museum & Art Gallery
    Daily: 10.00am - 5.00pm

    TASTE Café
    Daily: 9.00am - 4.00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

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    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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Storytelling

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Storytime at the Museum

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Tours

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Roman Town House Tour

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