Discover Hardy’s Wessex

AS part of the Hardy’s Wessex at Dorset Museum in Dorchester this summer, there are a number of special events, beginning on Saturday 18th June with a Dorset Button-Making Day, with button-maker and artist Anna Macdowel (pictured).

The event will explore the fascinating history of Dorset button-making. Spend the morning learning about Dorset’s cottage industry started by Abraham Case in the 1600s, how Dorset buttons were used in original items of clothing and what is being done now to help keep this heritage craft alive. Following a lunch break, and opportunity to explore Dorset Museum’s award winning galleries, spend the afternoon learning how to make your very own Dorset Button.

Hardy’s Wessex takes a fresh look at Dorset’s famous Victorian novelist and poet, focusing on the stunning Wessex landscapes that shaped his view of the world. His story has been retold in exciting new ways by Dorset Museum’s collections, from period costumes to personal letters, art to archaeology.

The next event in the series will be Hardy’s Wessex by Harriet Still, on Thursday 23rd June at 7pm. Harriet, the Hardy’s Wessex’ curator and one of the UK’s leading experts on Thomas Hardy, will talk about the themes and stories of the exhibition, which spans three other museums in Dorset and Wiltshire, including Salisbury and Devizes.

For more information about the exhibition, these events and other related events during the summer, visit