Miscellany

Radical Dorset and civil rights at Shire Hall

DORCHESTER’s new Shire Hall Courthouse Museum has its first temporary exhibition, Journey to Justice, telling the story of the civil rights campaign, alongside a local response piece, Radical Dorset. The new exhibition, which continues to 31st August, shines a light on the fight for justice of ordinary people, both in Dorset and in the US,…

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There But Not There in Broad Chalke church

VISITORS to Broad Chalke’s beautiful and ancient All Saints Church during the Chalke Valley History Festival can learn more about the impact of the First World War on this little Wiltshire village. There But Not There is a nationwide community project which marks the centenary of the war, with sombre installations of six-foot metal silhouettes…

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Hot topics at Wimborne Question Time

FIVE East Dorset representatives of political parties will take part in a Question Time event at Wimborne’s Allendale Centre on Friday 29th June. The event, which starts at 7pm, will be chaired by Peter Henley (pictured), presenter and political editor of BBC South Today. The panel will include Michael Tomlinson MP (Conservative), Vicki Slade (Liberal…

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Home Front, Home at Bridport

BRIDPORT’s major exhibition for the 2018 season is Home Front, Home, which commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War and explores how the world’s first ‘total war’ affected women in Bridport, through the stories of seven individuals. The exhibition has been researched by a group of Bridport Museum volunteers, led by…

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Festiv’Owl joins Bath’s Minerva Owl trail

HORRIBLE Histories illustrator Martin Brown has created a “Festiv’Owl” for Bath Children’s Literature Festival as part of Minerva’s Owls of Bath trail around the city from 25th June to 10th September. There will be more than 80 owls on the trail, and the Horrible Histories owl, created by the illustrator of Terry Deary’s best-selling history…

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Somerset women say Make More Noise

THOUSANDS of women across Britain, including many from Somerset and Dorset, who have all contributed to banners marking the centenary of women getting the vote will be heading to London on Sunday 10th June to take part in Processions, a nationwide creative celebration of the achievements of the suffragettes. Processions was devised by the inspirational…

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Discworld exhibition boosts charity funds

THE hugely successful exhibition Terry Pratchett: HisWorld at Salisbury Museum not only attracted huge crowds of the late author’s Discworld books, it also helped to raise £20,000 for the Bath-based charity RICE (The Research Institute for the Care of Older People) from HisWorld book sales. When the HisWorld exhibition opened at the museum in September…

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Journey to justice at Shire Hall

A NEW exhibition at Shire Hall, Dorchester, from 4th June to 31st August, focusses on the US Civil Rights Movement, showing how ordinary people changed the world by lifting their voices against oppression. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks are the famous names that epitomise the fight for equal rights in America –…

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Remembering Douglass

THE centre of Bristol will be rem­embering its uncomfortable history on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May with an all day event,  Freder­ick Douglass: An Aboli­tionist Returns. Several performers will be taking part, including Jazz FM UK Vocal­ist of the Year Carleen Anderson, recognised as one of the modern era’s  most pow­er­ful vocalists. The event marks…

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