Diary of Events
Our temporary exhibitions for 2018 include in the Large Exhibition Room a snapshot of 1930’s life on A Small Dairy Farm in the Blackmore Vale. Creator Janet Swiss aims to show how farming was still largely dependent on heavy manual labour. Shaftesbury-based BV Dairy have kindly sponsored this exhibition and Found Underground in the Small Exhibition Room. Here you can 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 available in the Anna McDowell Garden Room to help identify any found objects brought into the Museum by visitors.
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. Every purchase in the Museum shop at the discounted price of £12.50 benefits S&DHS funds. Other events include:
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
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 2018 / 2019 programme of lectures begins with the Teulon Porter Memorial Lecture at 7.30p.m. on Tuesday 02 October in Shaftesbury Town Hall, when David Morris will talk about The History of the Shepherd’s Hut. Perhaps the best-known shepherd’s hut is Gabriel Oak’s in Far From The Madding Crowd. David Morris has found and restored the vehicle which might have inspired Thomas Hardy’s account.