Special Exhibition

I Grew Up 80s

3 December 2022 - 26 February 2023

This winter visitors to Dorset Museum are invited to take a trip back in time with the nostalgia-filled exhibition I Grew Up 80s.

In this fascinating time capsule of over 200 objects, you’ll experience the youthful exuberance of this iconic decade through the eyes of a child. Embark on a colourful adventure and discover toys, technology, fashion, rock bands, food, and even an iconic car, a Volkswagen Golf GTI, 1981, on loan from the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

From Betamax to BMX, Dirty Dancing to Donkey Kong, the Thompson Twins to Transformers there is plenty for all generations to see, enjoy and share.

Curated by collector and social commentator Matt Fox, I Grew Up 80s is a colourful, immersive and family-friendly exhibition. It shows how different life was 30- 40 years ago when Matt was a child and ‘roamed about on our bikes, away from our parents and without the umbilical cord of mobile phones. In cinemas, Star Wars had ushered in a new era of special FX movies, music was a feel-good riot of colour and sound, and games consoles and home computers had transformed the humble telly into a host of imaginary worlds.’

Important Notice

On 10 February 2023
Artist Dorset Gallery
will be closed all-day

  • Opening hours:

    Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
    Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
    Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm

  • Admissions:

    Annual Pass or Day Entry available

    Book now
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    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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ArtyFacts Workshop

5 February 2023, 10:30am-12:00pm

I Grew Up 80s ArtyFacts

Create your own weaving crafts inspired by our I Grew Up 80s exhibition.

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ArtyFacts Workshop

14 February 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm

I Grew Up 80s ArtyFacts

Use modelling clay, plasticine, and play dough to create your own 1980s inspired creatures.

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ArtyFacts Workshop

16 February 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm

I Grew Up 80s ArtyFacts

Use modelling clay, plasticine, and play dough to create your own 1980s inspired creatures.

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Workshop

25 February 2023, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

I Grew Up 80s | Jukebox Workshop

Vinyl Van in collaboration with Dorset Museum will open its doors from 4-6pm in our iconic Victorian Hall and invite customers to take part in a Juke Box session and choose songs from the extensive range of records from the shop.

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Community Exhibition

3 October 2022 - 8 February 2023

Unmasked

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Special Exhibition

3 December 2022 - 26 February 2023

I Grew Up 80s

This winter visitors to Dorset Museum are invited to take a trip back in time with the nostalgia-filled exhibition I Grew Up 80s.

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Workshop

3 February 2023 - 10 March 2023, 10am -12.45pm

Drawing Into Life – 6 Week Creative Course with Helen Garrett

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Tours

7 February 2023, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Archaeology Highlights Tour

Explore archaeological treasures held by Dorset Museum – from Bronze Age gold to medieval silver -  in this volunteer-led tour.

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Tours

14 February 2023, 11:00am - 12:00noon

Dorset Museum Highlights Tour

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