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MAJOR EXHIBITION

Under the Surface: Paintings and carvings  by David West

For the very first time this exhibition brings together 70 of David West’s most important works from both private and public collections. Spanning sixty years, it reflects the different strands of his development as a painter, sculptor and craftsman, deftly illustrating the progression and interaction between his use of paint and wood, in what is a landmark exhibition for this Dorset artist.

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The Fancy Feäir At Maïden Newton

Jennifer Martindale © 2017

TEA ROOM EXHIBITION

Praise O’Do’set:

An exhibition of handpainted woodblock prints illustrating the poetry of William Barnes by Jennifer Martindale

William Barnes was a much loved and respected teacher, clergyman, scholar of languages and poet. Most of his poems are written with a strong Dorset accent as he casts a kindly eye over the lives of the hardworking Dorset rural community. With these rustic woodblocks, hand carved, handprinted and hand coloured images, Jennifer Martindale has tried to share the spirit of the poems.

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SPOTLIGHT EXHIBITION

Nautilus: Beautiful Survivor - 500 million years of evolutionary history

Extended to 30 May 2017

The Chambered Nautilus is one of the oldest living things on our planet. Since the dawn of civilisation its form has inspired artists, designers and architects. Nautilus has survived whatever the world has thrown at it for more than 500 million years, persisting even as dinosaurs and many other life forms vanished. Now, however, some believe it could become extinct within a generation.

Wessex Museums Spotlight Loan Tour

For the next twelve months five leading museums of the Wessex Museums Partnership Dorset County Museum, Poole Museum, Russel-Cotes Gallery and Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum will be sharing the story of Wessex in the wider world by showcasing an artefact from their own outstanding collections to the other partner museums.

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DCM / Jonathan Gooding © 2014

Katherine Hardy's Dress

Dorset County Museum’s textile archive includes a significant collection of clothing originally owned by Thomas Hardy’s family. Among the pieces is a stunning red bustle dress worn by his sister Katharine.

Until now most of the collection has remained in storage but a generous grant from the Daphne Bullard Trust has enabled the dress to be specially prepared and placed on display in the Museum’s Writers Gallery.

 

Swanage Crocodile

A 140 million year old crocodile found on the Jurassic Coast is now on display at the museum's Jurassic Coast Gallery.