Diary of Events
Our temporary exhibitions for 2017 included In Praise of Wood, an exploration by Janet Swiss (pictured right) of the multiple uses of timber in human and especially British history. There is scarcely any aspect of human activity which has not depended on something made from wood. The unique characters of native British trees were illustrated, while hidden in the colourful panels were drawings of 10 woodmice for the child in all of us to find. In Praise of Wood was in the Large Exhibition Room and kindly sponsored by Peter and Judy Westgate.
In the Small Exhibition Room Janet took the 1862 sampler by ten year old Sarah Taylor as her inspiration for showing how Family History can be traced from records easily available to the public. Sarah Taylor’s brown wedding dress is on display in Room 4.
Outside the Museum Library Great Houses and their Owners looked at the histories of several local estates including Old and New Wardour Castles, Fonthill, Ferne House, Pythouse and Stourhead.
A fascinating range of objects collected by the Heritage Lottery Funded Shaftesbury and the Great War Community Project appears in a case installed in the centre of Room 8. The documentary and photographic archive assembled by the Project is now available on-line. The centenary of Passchendaele was marked by the listing of 31 local men who died in the battle, with a closer focus on eight individuals.
Over the winter period Gold Hill Museum offers a series of monthly lectures for members of the local history society and for the public.
The 2017/18 programme of lectures began with Professor Barbara Yorke’s King Alfred: Man and Myth and continues on Tuesday 05 December at 2.30p.m. in the Museum with Sir John Stuttard’s talk on The Two Beckfords of Fonthill.