Diary of Events


Our new temporary exhibitions for 2017 include 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 are illustrated, while hidden in the colourful panels are drawings of 10 woodmice for the child in all of us to find. In Praise of Wood is in the Large Exhibition Room and is kindly sponsored by Peter and Judy Westgate.

In the Small Exhibition Room Janet has taken 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 looks 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 newly installed in the centre of Room 8. The documentary and photographic archive assembled by the Project will shortly be made available to visitors to the Museum and on-line. The centenary of Passchendaele is 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 07 November at 2.30p.m. in the Museum with local author Roger Guttridge talking on My Family & Other Smugglers.

For further details please ring 01747 852157 or email enquiries@goldhillmuseum.org.uk

Janet Swiss’s exploration of the uses of wood in human history


Alfred and daughter Ethelgiva, said by Asser to be the first Abbess of Shaftesbury