Festival of Archaeology: Walk

Tour of Dorchester Water Meadows | Ian Gosling

30 July 2022, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

A guided walk across Dorchester’s water meadows

Join Ian Gosling of Dorchester Civic Society and STAND for a scenic walk across the water meadows. Find out how the 17th-century system of hatches and weirs that created the water meadows were used to manage the land and how they increased agricultural productivity.

The walk will start at the bridge at the North end of Friary Lane, Dorchester (SY694909) – the West end of Frome Terrace – for a 3.5-mile walk across the water meadows and over the downland to the North of Dorchester

STAND are a group of local people campaigning against the proposal to build over 4,000 houses on countryside to the north of Dorchester in Dorset, which would result in the loss of the water meadows and this important part of Dorchester’s heritage.

Important Announcement

The lift in the Museum is currently out of action.
We hope to resolve this very soon and apologies for the inconvenience.

  • Opening hours:

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

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

  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

    View Map


Miles King

Miles King FLS has worked in nature conservation for 35 years, leading the conservation work for three different conservation charities during that time. He is also written several books and a blog on nature and other things that interest him. He’s lived in Dorchester for 20 years and founded People Need Nature in 2015. PNN works to promote the value of nature as a source of inspiration for arts, and the spiritual value of nature (www.peopleneednature.org.uk). Most recently PNN has been working with the Duchy of Cornwall on the Poundbury Nature Project. King has also worked with Dorchester Town Council for 15 years, to restore chalk downland at Maumbury Rings, in the town.

People Need Nature (PNN) exists to promote the value and need for nature in people’s lives.


https://www.dorsetmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Home-of-Hillforts-Henges_Logo1.png

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.

Find out more

https://www.dorsetmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/CBA-Festival-logo-2022.png

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.

Find out more

Special Display

4 July – 6 September 2024

Fashioning our World

This exhibition special display showcases a project with local young people working alongside Dorset Museum & Art Gallery team as part of Fashioning our World with Salisbury Museum.

Find out more

Community Exhibition

10 July - 26 September 2024.

Sensing the Past

"Sensing the Past" was a collaborative and co-produced project involving The Dorset Blind Association, Dorset Museum & Art Gallery, and Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre.

Find out more

Festival of Archaeology

13-28 July 2024

Festival of Archaeology | Events

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.

Find out more

Special Exhibition

19 July - 3 November 2024

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world-famous exhibition from the Natural History Museum, is returning to Dorset Museum & Art Gallery

Find out more

Family Activity

19 July - 1 September 2024

Summer Animal Trail

Get ready to embark on a wild adventure! This summer, join in on our animal-spotting trail around the museum.

Find out more

FULLY BOOKED

24 July 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.

Find out more

Family Activity

24 July 2024, 10:00am - 12:00noon

Wildlife Wednesday

Come and join us every Wednesday during the school holidays for a wild adventure in the galleries.

Find out more

Dorset Museum Music Society

24 July 2024, 7:30pm

Korros Ensemble

The Korros Ensemble, made up of flute, clarinet, and harp players, has been playing together since they formed in 2001 during their time at the Royal Academy of Music. They aim to bring a fresh twist to chamber music by putting their own spin on classic pieces. Their performances are full of energy and style, creating a rich and captivating musical experience.

Find out more

Festival of Archaeology | Lecture

25 July 2024, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Reimagining Roundhouses | Trevor Creighton

In this special lecture for the 2024 Festival of Archaeology, Trevor Creighton will discuss the way in which we have come to form our ideas of what late prehistoric roundhouses were like, and why we need to reimagine them.

Find out more