Membership

Become a member of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society today and get a deeper insight into 250 million years of Dorset’s history, while you help protect its rich heritage for future generations.

As a member, you will enjoy a range of special benefits, including access to our extensive reference lending library, together with unlimited free entry to the Museum and our exhibitions. You will also be helping us conserve and preserve/care for the Museum’s collections – and provide education and learning to schools, universities and the wider community.

Choose Your Membership

 

Single£60| One year’s full membership.
Joint£80| One year’s full membership for two adults.
Student£35| One year’s full membership for those in full-time education over the age of 18.
Life£1,000| Unlimited lifetime membership for an individual
Organisation [UK]£75 | For companies, institutions, universities, libraries, galleries, societies, groups.
Organisation [Overseas]£80 | For companies, institutions, universities, libraries, galleries, societies, groups.

Payment Terms: We require an annual Direct Debit payment and email address.

 

Members enjoy special benefits all year round.

This new digital package includes special and exclusive benefits:

  • Free unlimited entry to the Museum and all exhibitions.
  • Two complimentary one-day admission tickets for friends and family.
  • A digital copy of the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, a highly respected journal containing wide-ranging and authoritative articles on Dorset’s archaeology, history, and natural environment.
  • Members’ discounts on DNHAS Monographs.
  • The right to borrow and reserve selected items from Dorset Museum‘s library including over 40,000 publications of local interest, as well as exclusive access to JSTOR’s online archive in the library.
  • Monthly digital bulletins notifying you of events, exhibitions, and activities hosted by the DNHAS or our partner museums.
  • Two digital magazines a year, keeping you informed of interesting work happening across Dorset to explore, preserve and learn about its rich heritage and history.
  • Special invitations to exclusive Member events and activities.
  • Priority access and discounts to selected events.
  • 10% discount in the Museum’s shop and café.
  • A new-style membership card.
  • Discounted entry to Athelhampton House from 1 April
  •  Free entry to our partner museums as part of the Wessex Museums Partnership initiative:
    – Salisbury Museum.
    – Wiltshire Museum in Devizes.
    – Poole Museum including a 10% discount in their café and a 15% discount in their shop.
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About the Society

Dorset Museum is owned and cared for by members of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society (DNHAS), Dorset’s first conservation organisation.

It was established to collect, preserve research and exhibit objects relating to the archaeology, natural history, art, literature and culture of Dorset. It is dedicated to preserving Dorset’s rich heritage for future generations.

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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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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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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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FULLY BOOKED

17 April 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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Storytelling

18 April 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

18 April 2024, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Traditions and Transitions: The Story of the Chettle Grave Group | Sophia Adams

A locally made wine strainer, an old mirror and a blue glass jar perhaps from Cologne. These are just three of the eight artefacts found in 2003, buried together on land within Chettle Park, Dorset.

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Dorset Museum Music Society

24 April 2024, 7:30pm

Yuanfan Yang, Pianist

Pianist and composer Yuanfan Yang, born in Edinburgh, is a First-Class Graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London. He has won numerous prizes at international piano competitions and has performed with prestigious orchestras worldwide. Yuanfan is also an accomplished composer, winning awards for his compositions. His debut album "Watercolour" received critical acclaim.

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Storytelling

2 May 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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Storytelling

16 May 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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