Miscellany

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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Kingston Lacy’s handmade Christmas

VISITORS to Kingston Lacy near Wimborne will have noticed the 21 wooden reindeer nestling in the garden and parkland but may not know that these Christmas visitors are handmade by the National Trust’s team of volunteer carpenters. As well as creating the reindeer for the estate, the team of ten carpenters have also made 400…

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The Salisbury Museum is going potty!

YOU might well ask – why is The Salisbury Museum going potty? It is because the loos need updating and a campaign has been launched to raise £30,000 to refurbish and improve the accessibility of the men’s, women’s and disabled toilets. The museum moved into its present home in The King’s House in the Cathedral…

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Co-op helps fund for new David Hall screen

CUSTOMERS of the Co-op in South Petherton have raised £1,376.52 towards a new screen for Petherton Picture Show (PPS) which screens films twice a month at the David Hall arts centre, a two-minute walk from the Co-op. Petherton Picture Show chairman Cliff Keating, who is also vice-chairman of Petherton Arts Trust, which owns and runs…

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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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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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A LEGO Discworld Christmas at Salisbury

FANS of LEGO – and Terry Pratchett – will want to visit the Salisbury Museum on 9th December for the giant LEGO building brick event. Having previously built a giant postcard from Egypt and a life size replica of John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, the latest challenge will be to build a giant…

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A 17th-century Christmas at Dyrham Park

DYRHAM Park celebrates its rich 300 year history this year, giving visitors a flavour of Christmas past as it embraces its 17th-century roots. From 1st December, festive greenery prepared by volunteers from leaves and berries gathered from the garden will adorn the house, church and courtyard – taking the place of a Christmas tree. There…

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