We have made great progress creating Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset. Demolition of the Brawne Building and Old Craft Market site is now completed and restoration of the existing Victorian building is underway. Diversion of the existing sewer system was successful and underpinning has now commenced.
As part of the countrywide Festival of Archaeology, Dorset County Museum’s gigantic inflatable replica will be making a special appearance at Weymouth’s Sea Cadets Training Centre on Sunday 21st July.
A unique art exhibition supported by Ridinghouse/Karsten Schubert called ‘Alchemy’ is the work of contemporary artist, Ann-Marie James. She was invited by Wessex Museums to delve into the collections of its four partners – Wiltshire Museum, The Salisbury Museum, Poole Museum and Dorset County Museum – and choose an object from each museum that would inspire a series of new artworks.
Over a year has passed since Dorset County Museum’s 26-metre-long visitor Dippy the diplodocus delighted the Dorset community, but his stay continues to be a roaring success.
The Museum were among the partner venues presented with the prestigious award of ‘Partnership of the Year’ at the Museums and Heritage Awards for Dippy On Tour: A Natural History Adventure
The museum relocated to Brewery Square in late 2018 as it began a series of refurbishment works at its existing site on High West Street. The lease was agreed until early 2019, but due to the success of the location it has been extended until 2 June 2019.
Dorset County Museum’s iconic building in High West Street may be closed while its exciting redevelopment programme takes place, but the Victorian structure will soon be popping up all over the county in magnificent inflatable form.