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All About Dorset County Museum

Dorset County Museum is an independent museum. Owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, it receives financial support from Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council.

Open to anyone with an interest in Dorset’s past to join, the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society is an educational charity with around 2000 members. The history of the Society and its Museum can be traced back to the mid 19th century, and its mission today is:

•The advancement of education for the general benefit of the public in the areas of archaeology, the natural sciences, natural history, literature, music, the fine and decorative arts, antiquities and local history relating to the County of Dorset.

•The acquisition, preservation, conservation, exhibition and development (as far as possible) of collections relating to archaeology, the natural sciences, natural history, literature, music, the fine and decorative arts, antiquities and local history relating to the County of Dorset.

To help us achieve this mission the Society has a number of special interest groups. These range from the Music Society organising professional chamber concerts at the Museum, to a group conducting field surveys of flora and invertebrates, a local history group and a team carrying out inter-disciplinary research into the Dorset county boundary. The Museum also works with a variety of affiliated societies on other subjects of common interest.

By becoming a member of the Society, you can help ensure the Museum’s collections are accessible to everyone for generations to come. We also have a varied selection of fascinating volunteering opportunities which enable a wide range of people to become involved in the work of the Museum through research, collections care and conservation work or by helping in our shop and tea room. With so much going on, every member recieves a regular newsletter twice a year to keep them informed about activities in the Society and the Museum.

In addition, as an independent educational charity we rely on our members, visitors and local businesses to support our work financially. You too can help, through individual donations, through the sponsorship of our exhibitions and events, and by remembering the Museum when the time comes to decide upon making a legacy or bequest.

Charity and Company Details

Dorset County Museum is an independent museum owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society. Members of the Society play an important role in the governance of the Museum and on its Board of Trustees.

The Society is a registered Charity (No. 1062400) and a Company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (No. 3362107).

The registered address for the Society is:
Dorset County Museum
66 High West Street
Dorchester
Dorset
DT1 1XA

The Society is registered for VAT with HMRC (No. 185749316) and with the Information Commissioners Office for data protection purposes (No. Z980795X).