Our Society

Dorset Museum is owned and cared for by members of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society.

A lively organisation of over 2,000 members, it was Dorset’s first conservation organisation being established to collect, preserve, research and exhibit objects relating to the archaeology, natural history, art, literature, and culture of Dorset.

 

Foundation of the Society

 

An independent Society, Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club was founded by James Buckman from the result of a meeting at the Digby Hotel, Sherborne on 16th March 1875. The Society was modelled on the Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club of which he had been a member. Buckman was the secretary of this club and editor of The Proceedings until his death in 1884.

The Field Club worked in friendly cooperation with the Museum Society for many years.  The two organisations amalgamated in 1928, under the new title of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, owning and running the affairs of the Dorset Museum.

 

James Buckman

Portrait of James Buckman (1814-1884)
By Philipa Kemmis Rowe, c. 1840.

 

James Buckman with an ammonite by his side. Buckman studied these and other fossils from Dorset’s oldest rocks.  He became a Professor of Botany, Geology, and Natural History, and had a keen interest in archaeology.


Governance

The pattern of governance for the Society and its Museum is set out in our Articles Of Association, which were last revised in September 2014.

In addition, there is a set of Regulations that covers operational and more routine matters within the governance of management of the Society and its Museum.

The Board has also developed a range of Policy Documents to guide the running of the Society and its Museum.

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Trustees

The members elect a Board of twelve Trustees who are responsible for the overall strategy of the Society and the management of its Museum.

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Membership

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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.

Talk

20 January 2022

Tom Sharpe – Mary Anning, the fossil woman

20 January 2022, 7 pm Join Tom Sharpe, formerly Curator of Palaeontology and Archives at the National Museum of Wales, and author of ‘The…

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Talk

16 December 2021

Dr Clare Randall – ‘Anciently a manor’: the medieval manor at Lower Putton Lane, Chickerell

Excavations of the medieval manor at Lower Putton Lane, Chickerell 16 December 2021, 7 pm Join Dr Clare Randall to find out more about…

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Exhibition

2 December 2021 – 6 March 2022

My Creative Life: Talking Heads

2 December 2021 – 6 March 2022 The heads on display are the expression of a creative process facilitated by Janna Edwards and the Dorset…

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Online Exhibition

Online

Wildlife in the Red

Online Exhibition: Wildlife in the Red The Wessex Museums partnership is pitching in against biodiversity loss. ‘Wildlife in the Red’ is the title of their…

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LGBT+ History Month Talk

12 February 2022

Quiet Revolutions

Work inspired by Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland 12 February 2022, 6.30pm Amanda Chambers  (Picture Credit Max McClure) Join us for this special LGBT+…

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Exhibition

13 October 2021 - 9 January 2022

Elmer and Friends

The Colourful World of David McKee An exhibition from Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books. 13 October 2021 to 9 January 2022…

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Tours

16 December 2021

Archaeological Treasures of Dorset tour

16 December 2021 Discover ten significant archaeology objects from our People’s Dorset gallery on this volunteer-led tour. First Tour Time: 5 pm to 5.40…

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Museum after hours

16 December 2021

Museum after hours

16 December 2021, 5 pm, FREE Enjoy an opportunity to explore Dorset Museum after hours at this free late opening and an opportunity to explore…

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Workshop

December

Christmas Crafts

Sunday Craft Activity Feel the festive spirit and join in our winter and Christmas themed crafts in December.

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