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A new life for Dorchester’s Shire Hall

SHIRE Hall Historic Courthouse Museum at Dorchester will be officially opened on Tuesday 1st May – an important date for a museum turning a spotlight on social justice, as it’s also International Workers Day. The new museum will use interactive technology to take visitors of all ages on a journey from cells to dock –…

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WW1 Bourton on show

BOURTON’s First World War project continues with the opening on Friday 27th April of an exhibition which explores the stories of villagers during the four years of the “war to end all wars.”. The exhibition at the parish church of St George, until 19th May, explores the stories of those who played their part at…

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Ben Okri and Pankhurst descendant at Swindon LitFest

SWINDON’s literary festival celebrates its silver jubilee this year, from 7th to 19th May, with an impressive line-up which incudes the Booker Prize winning novelist Ben Okri, philosopher AC Grayling and Dr Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emily Pankhurst. Other speakers include novelist, broadcaster, thinker and contrarian Will Self, witty poet Matt Harvey,…

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Exploring a great American poet at West Bay

ELIZABETH Bishop may not be a familiar name, but she is considered one of the greatest 20th century poets, and the poetry expert Graham Fawcett will show why in his lecture at Sladers Yard, West Bay, on Thursday 19th April. Any poet who loved geography at school and named George Herbert as a mentor is…

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Crispin Black gives Tollard Talk

OUTSPOKEN intelligence and terrorism commentator Crispin Black is the guest speaker at Tollard Talks at The Barn at Tollard House, Tollard Royal on Thursday 19th April. It is hard to imagine a more appropriate time – or location – for a talk by this former soldier and fearless journalist and writer. He will talk about…

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Purbeck ancestor was an early Cretaceous “rat”

MAMMAL remains discovered in the Purbecks include a ratlike creature belonging to the advanced line that leads directly to man. Discover more about the “rat” that may have been one of our ancestors when Dr Steve Sweetman, of the University of Portsmouth gave a Dorset County Museum lecture on Wednesday 11th April at 7pm at…

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Live History Live at Chalke Valley History Festival 2018

THIS year’s Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, the world’s largest festival entirely devoted to history, will take place from 25th June to 1st July at Church Bottom, Broad Chalk, with a new programme, Live History Live, offering visitors to chance to see, touch and feel history for themselves.. There will be a series of…

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Rob Biddulph at Lyme Regis

FAMOUS for GRRRR!, Sunk! and Kevin, bestselling children’s author Rob Biddulph will be appearing at the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Friday 6th April, as part of Lyme Regis Children’s Week. Based on his new book. Happy Hatchway, part of his Dinosaur Juniors series, Rob will talk about how he became a children’s author…

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Wessex Consort at Stinsford

THERE will be a poignant sense of history and romance when the 12-strong professional choir, Wessex Consort, performs new choral settings of Thomas Hardy’s poetry in the writer’s family church of St Michael’s, Stinsford, on Saturday 7th April at 7.30pm. The programme, called The Poems of Thomas Hardy Sung In His Family Church, features some…

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