Miscellany

Pollution Pods on Brownsea

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 Action Summit a taste of the toxic air…

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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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War Without Glamour at Street

A FREE exhibition, The Life and Legacy of Emily Hobhouse’s Peace Activism, is on show at the Grange in Street with the Alfred Gillett Trust, until 23rd October. The exhibition features Emily Hobhouse’s writings, drawings and textiles, and has been funded by the Arts and Humanties Research Council. Emily Hobhouse is celebrated for her relief…

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South Somerset history on show

A NEW display case at Yeovil Library will house changing themed displays of photographs and objects from South Somerset’s Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC). The first display in the case, on the reference floor of the library, illustrates the social history of Ham Hill. By bringing important objects from the collection and providing photographs to…

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Legacy funds historic barn’s restoration

A LEGACY has enabled the National Trust to restore a derelict 18th century building, Stoates Barn at Allerford on Exmoor. Local craftspeople Ware Construction had to use traditional skills, including thatching and cob construction to bring the building back to life. Dan Raymond, the Trust’s senior building surveyor said: “The works involved the careful dismantling…

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Dorset’s smallest museum doubles in size

THE cinema museum at the Regent, Christchurch’s Art Deco theatre has been extended, to two rooms, doubling the size of the roof-top miniature museum. The Mayor of Christchurch, Lesley Dedman, formally opened the extension, at a ceremony with fellow town councillors and Regent trustees and staff. The Cinema Museum is located in the projection box,…

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Matilda Temperley: A View From The Hill

IF you missed A View From The Hill, the exhibition of Matilda Temperley’s photography at Somerset Rural Life Museum, earlier this year, there is a second opportunity to see this beautiful and evocative portrait of Somerset rural life at Weston Museum, Weston-super-Mare, where it is on until 12th January 2020. The Somerset-born documentary and fashion photographer,…

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‘Twas the months before Christmas …

CHRISTMAS comes early for the Gardens Group – the dates for the Christmas display opening nights have been announced, starting with Poundbury Gardens on Wednesday 2nd October. The Gardens Group has won the Garden Centre Association’s Best Christmas Display Award at Castle Gardens, Sherborne, nine times in the past 10 years, as well as awards…

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Award for Shire Hall education programme

THE Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum  at Dorchester has won the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2019, which is made by the Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University. Since it opened in May 2018, thousands of school children and students have been through Shire Hall’s historic courtroom to learn about children and teenagers…

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Leave it in the ground! XR Dorset pilgrimage

JUST when you think the world (and some world leaders) are waking up to the existential threat of climate change, along comes another fossil fuel company trying to exploit the unique marine environment of the Dorset coast. Corallion, a private oil company, reported in March that it had found “potentially substantial” reserves in Poole Harbour….

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