Festival of Archaeology: Walk

The History and Mystery of Maiden Castle | Gary Biltcliffe

23 July 2022, 10:00am - 12:00noon

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

Tour the neolithic enclosure and the remains of a Roman temple. Learn about the mysterious Iron Age tribe called the Durotriges who allegedly re-fortified the monument, moving thousands of tons of earth. Gary will interpret some of the mysteries of the site and its folklore.

 

Maiden Castle,
Dorchester DT2 9PP


Gary Biltcliffe

Gary Biltcliffe is a researcher and investigator of ancient sites, earth mysteries and lost knowledge. He has appeared on radio and television and has lectured widely in the UK and North America. Gary has also led International groups around Britain’s sacred sites and written articles for journals and magazines. He moved to Dorset in 1993 and his research of the county’s ancient history culminated in his first publication The Spirit of Portland, Revelations of a Sacred Isle in 2009.


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Home of Hillforts & Henges is an exciting new event from 21st to 31st July that will celebrate Dorchester’s neolithic and iron age landscape, rich in earthworks and the people that have lived here for over 6,000 years.

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Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the Festival offers hundreds of events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists.

The Festival of Archaeology will take place between 16 – 31 July 2022.

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Community Exhibition

2 December 2023 - 21 April 2024

Awakened by Frink

Awakened by Frink is a community exhibition of artwork by members of the Deaf community created during a series of workshops at Dorset Museum and Art Gallery.

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Special Exhibition

2 December 2023 - 21 April 2024

Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within

Experience the inner world of famous sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) in a major new exhibition exploring her artistic and personal life in Dorset. Showcasing over 80  sculptures, drawings and prints, this exhibition will explore her artistic process, personal life, and the influences that shaped her work.

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Temporary Display

3 February - 30 May 2024

John Brown in Dorchester: Rebuilding a Life after slavery

Discover the little-known story of John Brown, in this new showcase display outside the Collections Discovery Centre.

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Storytelling

07 March 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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Talk

14 March 2024, 3pm - 4pm

Saving Treasure for Dorset: The Stalbridge and Charlton Marshall hoards

Join Dr Clare Randall for this afternoon talk, to find out more about two fascinating archaeological hoards that Dorset Museum & Art Gallery are currently raising funds to save for the county.

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Lecture

14 March 2024, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The News on Ancient Sea Reptiles | Dr Darren Naish

In this talk, Darren looks at how our ideas on ancient sea reptiles have changed, what ancient sea reptiles were like as living animals, and on what we still hope to discover.

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Family Science Day

17 March 2024

The Critter Clan presents The Critter Chronicles: Exploring the enchanting myths and legends of bugs! 🕷️

The Critter Clan is back with its latest captivating and immersive experience “The Critter Chronicles” where you will travel through time unlocking the secrets, folklore and profound beliefs surrounding some fascinating invertebrates.

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Family Science Day

17 March 2024, 11am - 4pm

⚗️Family Science Day 🔭

Come and meet a real scientist! Get involved with some fascinating hands-on learning and experiments.

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Tours

20 March 2024, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Collections Discovery Centre Tour

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

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