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Jul2018
‘All Roads Lead to Durnovaria’

‘All Roads Lead to Durnovaria’

This Summer, Dorset County Museum is pleased to welcome visitors to its own LIVE, onsite archaeological dig within the museums ancient grounds. Lost and forgotten for centuries, the ancient Roman road that lies beneath the museum is finally being uncovered and YOU are ALL invited to witness this unique event.

Jun2018
Museum invites you to walk with the Romans!

Museum invites you to walk with the Romans!

As part of the Dorset AONB, South Dorset Ridgeway's 'Festival of Discovery', starting on Saturday 16 June and running up to and including Sunday 24 June, all entry to the Dorset County Museum will be free.

May2018
Dippy’s Stay Breaks Records!

Dippy’s Stay Breaks Records!

More than doubling initial predictions, Dorset County Museum’s special exhibit Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure has delighted 153,189 visitors in just under three months.

May2018
Dorchester waves goodbye to Dippy

Dorchester waves goodbye to Dippy

Dressed in Dippy tees and waving green flags, over 250 children from Dorchester schools excitedly gathered in Brewery Square on Friday afternoon to bid farewell to Dippy the Diplodocus. The crowd paraded through the town, following the dinosaur footprints down South Street to Dorset County Museum, where the Natural History Museum’s iconic cast has amazed over 140,000 visitors during his record breaking 12-week stay in Dorset.

Apr2018
Final Days to See Dippy

Final Days to See Dippy

It only seems like yesterday that Dorset Country Museum opened its doors to visitors to the iconic ‘Dippy on Tour Exhibition’. Sadly, this record breaking exhibition is coming to an end with just a few days left to make that important final visit.

Apr2018
A Triumph! 100,000 visitors flock to see Dippy

A Triumph! 100,000 visitors flock to see Dippy

It’s been 8 weeks since Dippy the Diplodocus, the Natural History Museum’s iconic 26-metre cast dinosaur, arrived in Dorset on the first stop of his UK tour.  Today, 4-year old Benjamin from Poundbury in Dorchester was Dippy’s 100,000th guest.

Mar2018
Don’t miss our Egg-citing Dinosaur themed family activities this Easter at the Museum

Don’t miss our Egg-citing Dinosaur themed family activities this Easter at the Museum

To coincide with the Easter Holidays and also Natural History Museum’s exhibition ‘Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure families will have the opportunity to join in with exciting dinosaur-themed family activities and competitions.

Jan2018
Young dino-enthusiast wins once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to place the last piece of Dippy

Young dino-enthusiast wins once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to place the last piece of Dippy

Harry Swift from Eastleigh in Hampshire was drawn at random from hundreds of budding scientists to help assist the reconstruction of Dippy the Diplodocus at Dorset County Museum.

Nov2017
Getting Ready for Dippy

Getting Ready for Dippy

It’s only two months until the Natural History Museum’s Dippy the Diplodocus arrives in Dorset in February 2018. Two of the Museum’s galleries are set to undergo some dramatic changes over the next few weeks to accommodate him.

Nov2017
Thomas Hardy, Victorian Studies, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies - fully-funded PhD studentship

Fully-funded PhD studentship - Hardy, Dorset and the wider world

A fully-funded Arts and Humanities Research Council South, Wales & West (SWW) Doctoral Training Partnership CDA studentship at Exeter and Southampton in collaboration with Dorset County Museum and Dorset History Centre

Oct2017
Dorset County Museum Awarded Over £11 Million National Lottery Grant

Dorset County Museum Awarded Over £11 Million National Lottery Grant

Dorset County Museum has received one of the largest single Heritage Lottery Fund grants ever made to Dorset, a whopping £11,349,200.00!

Sep2017
The Excitement is Building!

Dippy on Tour comes to Dorset

With over six months still to go before the Natural History Museum’s Dippy the Diplodocus finally arrives in Dorset, his visit is already capturing the imagination of thousands of children throughout the South West of England with tickets being snapped up at record rates.

Sep2017
Come along and find out more about how you can get involved with Dippy's visit to Dorset.

Volunteer Open Evening

On Thursday 28th September 2017 between 4pm - 8pm. Come along and find out more about how you can get involved with Dippy's visit to Dorset.

Jul2017
Dorset County Museum awarded National Portfolio Organisation Status by the Arts Council

Dorset County Museum awarded National Portfolio Organisation Status by the Arts Council

Dorset County Museum have been awarded National Portfolio Organisation status by Arts Council England. In doing so are set to share in a £1.2 million investment into the Museum of Dorset and Wiltshire.

Jun2017
Museum planning application for new extension and development approved

Museum planning application for new extension and development approved

The planned extension and redevelopment plans for Dorset County Museum have finally been given the green light by West Dorset District Council.

Dec2016
Highly regarded creative team Real Studios Ltd has been appointed as exhibition designers

Exhibition designers appointed

Highly regarded creative team Real Studios Ltd has been appointed as exhibition designers for the new galleries in Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset

Dec2016
Work has started on moving some of the museum’s collection to the Old School in Grey School Passage.

Volunteers and staff carry out move to Old School

Work has started on moving some of the museum’s collection to the Old School in Grey School Passage. Purchased in March, the building will provide both temporary and long-term space for storage of collections.

Nov2016
The project team has received the thumbs up at its mid-point review with the Heritage Lottery Fund

Project team gets thumbs up

The Tomorrow’s Museum project team has received the thumbs up at its mid-point review with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sep2016
Rediscovered skull of a bottle-nosed whale which was given to the Museum in 1894

Dorset whale to surface again…

Our new Natural Dorset gallery will give visitors the opportunity to discover over 200 million years of Dorset’s natural history and will allow our Natural History collection to go back on display after a period of almost 20 years in storage.

Sep2016
Museum welcomed members of the public to have their say on the latest outline plans for the museum

Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset takes another step forward

On the evening of Tuesday 9th August, the Museum welcomed members of the public to have their say on the latest outline plans for the Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset project.

Apr2016
Sharing Heritage: Museum Makers Group celebrates £6,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Sharing Heritage: Museum Makers Group celebrates £6,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Dorset County Museum has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, it was announced today. The grant will fund an exciting Museum Makers project which will provide educational and inspirational opportunities for adults with learning disabilities as they engage with the collections at the Museum.

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