Diary of Events

EVENTS 2018 – 2019

Our temporary exhibitions for 2018 included in the Large Exhibition Room a snapshot of 1930’s life on A Small Dairy Farm in the Blackmore Vale. Creator Janet Swiss aimed to show how farming was still largely dependent on heavy manual labour. Shaftesbury-based BV Dairy kindly sponsored this exhibition and Found Underground in the Small Exhibition Room. Here you could uncover, handle and interpret sixteen mystery objects unearthed by local residents when digging their gardens and allotments. On Saturday morning 14 July Ciorstaidh Trevarthen, the Finds Liaison Officer for Dorset, was on hand in the Anna McDowell Garden Room to help identify any found objects brought into the Museum.

On Wednesday 28 March at 4.30p.m. over 40 members and friends of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society attended the official launch party of Shaftesbury Through Time. This lavishly illustrated book by Roger Guttridge draws on photographs from the Museum Collection. Other events included:

Saturday 05 – Friday 11 May: The annual and impressive Spring Exhibition in the Garden Room by members of Shaftesbury Camera Club

Monday 25 June – Monday 02 July: The welcome return of the Tibetan monks of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery who created a sand mandala in the Garden Room, and then ceremonially destroyed it 

Tuesday 04 December at 5.30p.m: the official launch of Sir John Stuttard’s new book on John Rutter (1796-1851): The Turbulent Quaker of Shaftesbury (published by Hobnob Press at £14.95 paperback and £19.95 hardback.) The author is kindly donating the net proceeds from the sale of his book to The S&DHS

Over the winter period Gold Hill Museum offers a series of monthly lectures for members of the local history society and for the public. This concludes on Tuesday 02 April at 2.30pm with Tea and Talks when four members will give short presentations on aspects of the Hinton St Mary Roman Mosaic, Postcards of Old Shaftesbury, Notes on Shaftesbury Fire Service, and a Skeleton in the (Family History) Closet.

Tisbury History Society also provides an interesting programme of lectures in the Hinton Hall, Tisbury at 7.30p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month.

For further details of Gold Hill Museum events please ring 01747 852157 or email enquiries@goldhillmuseum.org.uk

Sand Mandala created (and then destroyed) by Tashi Lhunpo monks at Gold Hill Museum in 2016