Diary of Events
Our four temporary exhibitions for 2016 included a stunning display of Fans from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the Small Exhibition Room. Sheena Commons and Margaret Baxter of the Collections Team [upper image] here experiment with “The Language of the Fan”, a copy of which was available in the Museum Shop.
The Victorian experience of welfare was detailed in the stories of Shaftesbury and Tisbury Workhouses on show outside the Museum Library. The millennium of Canute’s seizure of the English crown was marked by a display on the landing – Canute died at Shaftesbury in 1035.
“Shaftesbury Remembers the Great War” in the Large Exhibition Room illustrated the impressive progress of our Heritage Lottery Funded community project collecting evidence of the local impact of World War I.
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 Garden Room was packed on 02 February 2016 for Jane Ellis-Schon’s compelling and comprehensive introduction to the “Finding Pitt-Rivers” Project she is leading at Salisbury Museum. Members of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society enjoyed a privilege visit to Salisbury Museum on Tuesday 14 June when Jane gave an insightful introduction to the state-of-the-art archaeological display in the Wessex Gallery which she curated.
From Monday 27 June, also in the Garden Room, monks of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery created a Sand Mandala [lower image]. Using millions of grains of coloured powdered marble, the monks drew intricate designs representing a fabulous palace into which they invited the Buddha as part of a traditional meditation. The Mandala was ceremonially destroyed by the monks on Monday 04 July, with some of the sand being deposited in the Museum Garden.
The 2016/17 programme of lectures began in a packed Shaftesbury Town Hall at 7.30p.m. on Tuesday 04 October when Professor Caroline Dakers gave the Teulon Porter Memorial Lecture on “The Beckfords at Fonthill.” On Tuesday 07 March 2017 Ann Symons and Claire Ryley illustrated the archive created by the Great War Project which will soon be made available to visitors to Gold Hill Museum and on-line.