Agatha Christie at Shire Hall

SHIRE Hall, Dorchester’s award-winning social justice museum, turns to crime this summer. The fascinating museum, which includes the court-room where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were tried and convicted, is hosting an exhibition focusing on Agatha Christie.

From Miss Marple to Hercule Poirot, from murder at the vicarage to murder on the Orient Express, Christie created characters and stories which live on after nearly 100 years of reading, plays and films. The latest is Kenneth Branagh’s Death On The Nile, with its beautiful film of the Nile and its cast of glittering and suspicious cruise passengers.

The exhibition, running from 29th April to 2nd September, features books, objects, artworks and memorabilia relating to Christie’s life and work, and is drawn from a private collection.

Museum director Abbie King says: “Everyone at Shire Hall Museum is excited for the launch of our Agatha Christie exhibition. Along with creating some of this country’s most memorable works of literature, Agatha Christie lived an interesting life. This exhibition will take a closer look at both the mysteries she wrote and those relating to her own life.”

Entry to the exhibition is included in the museum entry ticket. And alongside the displays, Shire Hall will be hosting a series of Agatha Christie-themed events in May and July, including an evening of Christie-inspired cocktails and a murder mystery dinner.

For more information visit www.shirehalldorset.org