Entries by Keri Jones

Learn How Shaftesbury Was Once The Centre Of Shepherd Hut Building

Shepherd huts are currently all over the home and lifestyle magazines. Celebrities are snapping them up and fitting them out with today’s high-end luxuries. But originally, these shelters would have provided the most basic living conditions for agricultural workers. And the Shaftesbury area was full of them. A forthcoming talk at Shaftesbury Town Hall will […]

Children Encouraged To Find Special Gold Hill Museum Mice

There are mice in Gold Hill Museum. And the Museum Trustees would like your children or grandchildren to try and track them down! “There are only six of them. And they have little Dorset buttons on them. That’s what makes them special,” said Elaine Barratt. The museum’s team of volunteers have decorated toy mice with […]

Could You Be The Next Chairperson at Gold Hill Museum?

Have you got what it takes to lead one of Shaftesbury’s most loved institutions? Gold Hill Museum (owned by The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society) is looking for a Chairman. It’s a voluntary role, but Acting Chairman Elaine Barratt says that the right candidate could find the position highly fulfilling. “It’s a wonderful organisation to […]

Shaftesbury’s Photographers Give Us Their Best Shots

Twenty years ago, serious photographers had to invest thousands of pounds in expensive and often bulky equipment in order to win awards. Today, the high quality lens in the smart phone in your pocket allows anyone with an eye for composition to compete with owners of more costly and cumbersome kit. You’ll see what can […]

BV Dairy Sponsors New Gold Hill Museum Exhibitions

Gold Hill Museum opens for the season on Saturday 24th March with two new exhibitions, sponsored by BV Dairy. One of the displays features life on a North Dorset dairy farm in 1940. It reveals how we take modern luxuries for granted. “I want people to realise how recently mechanisation hit farming,” says organiser Janet […]

Leading Academic Returns Home to North Dorset for Guildhall History Talk

An expert in Britain’s historic guildhalls is crediting her Child Okeford childhood and local history teachers for her successful academic career. Dr Kate Giles, from the University of York, will talk about the opening up of Stratford-upon-Avon’s Guildhall, where Shakespeare went to school, during her Gold Hill Museum lecture on 06 February. “Growing up in […]