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 continues on Tuesday 04 December at 5.30p.m. with the official launch of Sir John Stuttard’s new book on John Rutter (1796-1851): The Turbulent Quaker of Shaftesbury. A talk by the author will be followed by a reception and a chance to buy signed copies at a discounted price. Free to members while non-members may pay £6 at the door.

For further details 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