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Christmas special Ignite! at county museum

DORSET County Museum’s series of geology talks continues on Wednesday 13th December at 7pm with a Christmas special, Ignite! with scientist Dr John Whicher on molluscs and Alison Smith on the Jurassica project. Dr Whicher, whose talk is called Why do Molluscs have spines?, is a retired professor of molecular pathology and experimental cancer research….

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Music of Rural England with the Mellstock Band

DORSET has always been a popular destination for the Mellstock Band, and this year the quartet will be bringing a new Christmas show, conjuring up the spirit and sounds of the rural past, to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 16th December with their new Christmas show. Frosty farmsteads, winter journeys, old superstitions and seasonal celebrations…

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Dickens goes jazz at Ilminster

THE world’s favourite Christmas ghost story gets a jazz makeover at Ilminster Arts Centre on Friday 15th December when the Alan Barnes Octet perform their unusual interpretation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The story is told in a series of readings and after each the eight virtuoso musicians will bring the characters and scenes…

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Joanna Lumley at the Hippodrome

JOANNA Lumley is setting out on her first ever solo tour, and stopping at Bristol Hippodrome on Thursday 18th October 2018. It’s All About Me is the title of the 30-date tour that starts in Belfast. Joanna will take audiences on a journey through hilarious and interesting adventures from a career spanning more than four…

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Lottery funding for Cathedral rare books

THOUSANDS of rare books, some nearly 600 years old, including a beautifully bound 16th century copy of a book by Martin Luther with an image of Luther on the cover, can now be catalogued thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant of £73,500. The three year project will see volunteers help to create a searchable digital…

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Archaeology Unearthed at Dorset County Museum

WHAT contacts did the people of these islands have with mainland Europe in the millennia before the coming of the Romans? A lecture at Dorset Country Museum on Friday 1st December will reveal some surprises. Richard Bradley, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at Reading University, will give an illustrated talk, The Land and The Sea  4000…

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More change in the village

Farming in the early 20th century and AG Street’s Farmer’s Glory. LOOKING across the field behind my house, everything looks much as it might have done 80 years ago –  gently sloping land for grazing cattle gives way to the hills behind, the field fringed by native hedgerow. This landscape seems worth preserving because there’s…

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BBC Listening Project at Salisbury Cathedral

THE BBC’s long-running contemporary oral archive, the Listening Project, is coming to Salisbury Cathedral Close in December. BBC Wiltshire producers will be recording conversations for the Radio 4 project between Saturday 9th and Sunday 17th December. Conversations will take place in the Listening Project’s purpose built caravan (pictured), which will be parked outside the Bell…

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