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Fine Art Volunteer

There are 11 active team members, all enthusiastic amateurs, although some have experience in curating projects. Everybody has different skills - administration, research,  curating etc - and we try to get in on at least two days a week. Altogether the team puts in about 10-15 hours a week devoted to fine arts stuff. We hold a monthly team meeting on the last Thursday of the month.

The Fine Arts collection in the museum comprises about 5000 images and about 150 sculptures as well as minor collections of ceramics. The images are stored on an Access database. The collection is housed between the Museum, Old School and Colliton Street. The collection is understandably very Dorset-oriented: portraits of Dorset people, landscapes of Dorset countryside, pictures by Dorset artists and pictures that have come to us as a result of people appreciating Dorset. Artists represented in the collection include George Romney, John Constable, William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough and Elisabeth Frink.

In the ordinary course of events, the team will assist in hanging and taking down temporary exhibitions and assist the Director and his staff in any aspects of museum life relating to the fine arts. At the moment, for example, we are helping to check the condition of the images that may be displayed in the new museum exhibition space post-rebuild. We also are about to conduct a major audit of every image in the collection.

We are looking for any enthusiastic volunteer. You don't need any knowledge of the fine arts but as long as you're interested in the arts generally and feel you could be a team member, we'd love to hear from you. We are particularly keen in anybody who has computer skills.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jill Minchin –

What's on
We are currently seeking volunteers to join our Fine Art team