Miscellany

Another award for Shire Hall

DORCHESTER’s Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum team are understandably “over the moon” to win the Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2019. The team travelled to the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London for the prestigious awards evening. The quality mark award, from the Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University, recognises excellence in…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust gets festive

DECEMBER started with a beautiful clear frosty day – just the invitation you need to head for Chesil Beach, a walk along the pebbles by the Fleet and then a hot drink and a chance to find out about the latest in binoculars and more at an Opticron day. Open until 4pm at the Chesil…

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Two tourism awards for Shire Hall

DORCHESTER’s Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum took two awards at the 2019 Dorset Tourism Awards – gold in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year and silver in the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism category. Anna Bright, the Shire Hall director, said that since opening, the museum has aimed to be inclusive for all, so to…

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Improve your camera skills at Lacock

THE home of photography is the setting for a series of workshops run by photography trainers Lacock Photography, which started at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire on Thursday 14th November. The workshops are aimed at both beginners and more experienced amateur photographers and are being held in the grounds and cloister of Lacock Abbey, where the…

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Enter a world of myths and legends at Longleat

THE impact of this year’s Festival of Light at Longleat is almost overwhelming – astonishing larger than lifesize silk lantern displays of Greek gods and heroes, Chinese dragons, Norse warriors and mythical beasts and monsters. The festival includes more than 3,000 lanterns, crafted using 50,000 LED lights and 30,000 metres of silk. And for the…

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Death and the dance at Guggleton

GUGGLETON Gallery at Stalbridge, which is now known as The Gugg arts centre, has a fascinating event on Friday 1st November, offering some spine-chilling entertainment for All Hallows and All Souls. Musician and historian Dr Frances Eustace will give a talk and performance, Death and the Dance, starting at 7pm in the Milking Parlour Gallery….

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Auction of promises at Shire Hall

PUT your bids in on Thursday 7th November and you could enjoy afternoon tea at the House of Lords or spend a spooky night in the cells at Dorchester’s Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum. All funds raised on the night at Shire Hall’s first auction of promises will be split between the museum, to help…

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Pollution Pods on Brownsea

CANCELLED FOR SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER DUE TO WEATHER FIVE geodesic domes – the Pollution Pods – will be installed on Brownsea Island from Friday 25th to Tuesday 29th October in a joint venture for Dorset’s Activate arts group and environmental arts charity Cape Farewell. After giving world leaders in New York for the UN Climate…

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Hardy’s Tess at Kingston Maurward

THOMAS Hardy’s associations with Kingston Maurward began in infancy, so there could be no more fitting venue than Kingston Maurward College, near Dorchester, for the next talk in the Hardy’s Countryside series, on Wednesday 23rd October at 7.30pm. Dorset’s greatest writer was born and lived most of his life within or next to the Kingston…

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