Conservators re-install Mosaic in the new Dorset Museum

Over a year after it was lifted to begin construction for the £16 million re-development of Dorset Museum, this 2nd century Roman mosaic has been reinstalled in the Museum’s new atrium stairwell. The team involved in this project have celebrated this momentous occasion by recreating a 93-year-old photograph which was taken to mark the first laying of the mosaic in the Museum in 1927.

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Coronavirus Update

In light of ongoing global situation regarding Corona virus (COVID-19) and as a responsible charity the Durngate Street office in Dorchester continues to be closed to the Members, volunteers and public, but staffed from 9.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday.

Despite the current restrictions we are very keen to stay in touch. Our social media channels continue to be the place for us all to connect and where hopefully, we can help to keep you inspired and informed of the latest developments. Find us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you to our visitors, members and volunteers support during this time.  We do need your continued support and are very appreciative of your patience as we continue to work towards opening the new Dorset Museum next year.

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Dewlish Mosaic

Help us secure an internationally significant Roman mosaic to stop it from being exported.

The 1,600-year-old Roman floor panel showing a leopard attacking an antelope was unearthed by archaeologists in Dewlish, Dorset, in 1974. The mosaic, measuring 2m by 2.4m, which is 6.5ft by 8 ft, was discovered in the grounds of Dewlish House and is thought to have formed part of the flooring of a villa. The acquisition will present a perfect opportunity to reunite the new mosaic with the fragment depicting a sea creature procession or Theasos, also found at Dewlish in 1975. This piece, already in the museum’s collection, used to hang on the wall above our reception.

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Dorset Museum receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

Dorset Museum is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

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Wildlife in the Red

The Wessex Museums partnership is pitching in against biodiversity loss. ‘Wildlife in the Red’ is the title of their virtual exhibition. The strapline is ‘Once collectors’ curiosities, now endangered species’ which sums up the story.

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We’re back on track!

Although the new Museum is very much a building site at the moment, work is back in full swing and it’s all hands-on deck (safely and socially distanced). As the Museum is beginning to take shape, it’s time to start lifting some of our star objects into their new home after what’s felt like many years taking them out!

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