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Paul Nash in Dorset | Professor Paul Gough

16 May 2024, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Dorset exercised a powerful hold on the painter Paul Nash, fuelling his imagination and enriching his paintings, photographs, and writing. He thought of Dorset, and the Island of Purbeck in particular, as an ancient and mythical landscape ‘overcast by a noble melancholy’, a place strewn with memorable motifs and deeply enriched by ‘the burden of its extraordinary inheritance.’

This richly illustrated lecture explores over 80 artworks created from the mid-1930s until his death in 1946. They range from ancient places such as Maiden Castle and Badbury Rings to the limestone promontories and fossilised forests on the Purbeck coast. Swanage, in particular, fascinated Nash. Its blend of architectural quirkiness and surrealist potency released a new dimension in his creativity, leading to new artworks that defined him as a painter of international significance.

A painter, broadcaster and writer, Professor Gough has exhibited internationally and is represented in the permanent collection of the Imperial War Museum, London, the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, and the National War Memorial, New Zealand. In addition to roles in national and international higher education, his research into the imagery and aftermath of war has been presented at global conferences, symposia and to audiences throughout the world. He has also published extensively about British painting and is currently completing an illustrated biography on Gilbert Spencer RA for Yale University Press. Paul Gough is Vice Chancellor of Arts University Bournemouth.16

Temporary Display

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Family Activity

30 May 2024, 10:00am - 12:00noon

May Customs and Ooser Mask Making

Our themed event will delve into the customs and traditions surrounding the merry month of May, learn about the famous horned Ooser mask displayed in the museum, and have a go at making one.

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Storytelling

6 June 2024, 10:00am- 10:30am

Storytime at the Museum

Come and join us for fun-filled Storytime where you can listen to some amazing tales in our Community Space at the Museum.

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Tours

8 June 2024, 10:00am - 12:00noon

Roman Town House Tour

Join our trained guides through the history of the Roman Town House site and and the precious artifacts recovered and now on display at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery.

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Tours

19 June 2024, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Store Tour

Join our Collections Team for an opportunity to explore behind the scenes in the Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre.

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Storytelling

20 June 2024, 10:00am- 10:30am

Storytime at the Museum

Come and join us for fun-filled Storytime where you can listen to some amazing tales in our Community Space at the Museum.

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Lecture

20 June 2024, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

‘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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Tours

22 June 2024, 10:00am - 12:00noon

Roman Town House Tour

Join our trained guides through the history of the Roman Town House site and and the precious artifacts recovered and now on display at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery.

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Dorset Museum Music Society

26 June 2024, 7:30pm

The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen

A range of Baroque music brought vividly to life by a leading authentic early music group.

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