Our Members enjoy special benefits all year round. Join and support us in our crucial work: preserving Dorset’s rich heritage for future generations to enjoy.
Dorset County Museum is owned and cared for by members of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society.
A lively organisation of over 2,000 members, it was in fact Dorset’s first conservation organisation being established to collect, preserve, research and exhibit objects relating to the archaeology, natural history, art, literature and culture of Dorset.
Creating Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset will cost £15.3 million. Through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, national lottery players are supporting the project with a grant of over £11.34m. We have raised £3.2m ourselves, leaving just £753,000 left to go.
The decision to close the building during this exciting redevelopment has meant seeking alternative accommodation for our offices. These will be located in The Old Warehouse in Durngate Street in central Dorchester – less than 3 minutes’ walk from the main Museum site. Importantly, as part of the move to The Old Warehouse we are also including a Society Member’s Room. Opening on 1st October, this will include a range of the most used books and journals from the library lending collections for members to access, as well as acting as a reading and research room where other items from the library collection can be produced for reference upon prior request. The Member’s Room will be open from Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm and it is planned that free tea and coffee making facilities will also be available for visiting members.
BECOME A MEMBER
With membership from only £28 a year this offers real value for money. Yet perhaps the most satisfying thing about membership of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society is the knowledge that you are helping support the vital conservation and educational work of Dorset County Museum.
In addition, members can subscribe to the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society. Why not enhance you membership with an annual subscription to this highly respected publication, containing wide-ranging and authoritative articles on Dorset’s archaeology, history and natural environment.
Home to many great writers and artists, most notably Thomas Hardy, Dorset can also boast the finest prehistoric landscape in Britain and geological wonders of the Jurassic Coast.
While Dorset inspires many articles and books, only the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeology Society, publishes with rigour of academic scholarship. For 138 years the Proceedings has published, from its home the Dorset County Museum, a remarkable collection of scholarly papers, monographs and reports from a wide range of disciplines to further knowledge and understanding of the County. Published annually for the Society’s membership, there is much in every volume of Proceedings that will delight the casual reader or visitor to Dorset.
Subscriptions to the Proceedings
To subscribe to the Proceedings, please apply to the firstname.lastname@example.org . This goes for institutional subscriptions too.
Back-numbers of Proceedings
Some past volumes are available for purchase, for more details CLICK HERE
A cumulative index to the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society can be found below