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Chairman David Silverside with Trip Advisor Certficate of Excellence

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Gold Hill Museum

Travel website TripAdvisor has awarded its Certificate of Excellence…
2017-18 Programme

Lord Mayor and Diplomat Feature in New Season of History Lectures

Contributors to the 2017-18 programme of Shaftesbury & District…

Centenary of Passchendaele Remembered

Researcher Chris Stupples has listed 31 men from Shaftesbury…

Great Houses near Shaftesbury and their Owners

Local History Librarian and Archivist Ray Simpson has created…
Alfred's only contemporary portrait

Alfred the Great comes third in BBC History Magazine Hot 100 List

Readers of BBC History Magazine have voted King Alfred, founder…
Churchyard Statue (3)

Decapitated Statue - but where and of whom?

The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society is shortly…
Trustees elected at 2017 AGM

King Alfred backs Trustees

At the July AGM of The Shaftesbury & District Historical…
Brigit Strawbridge and Bee Hotel

Bee Hotels in ideal spot says Brigit Strawbridge

Renowned wild bee advocate Brigit Strawbridge has expressed her…
Gold Hill Abbey Wall
Fonthill Old Abbey with modern house

In the footsteps of William Beckford

The 06 June summer outing of The Shaftesbury & District Historical…
Gold Hill Abbey Wall

Tisbury Tithe Barn and Fonthill Old Abbey

On the afternoon of Tuesday 06 June members of The Shaftesbury…
Restored Sun and Moon Sign

Sensation at The Sun and Moon November 1906

Hanging once again outside Gold Hill Museum, above the passageway…
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19 Lodgers at No.1 Gold Hill in 1911

Members of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society…
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Gold Hill Museum Opens For The 2017 Season

From Saturday 01 April to Tuesday 31 October Gold Hill Museum…
Dorset Yeomanry

Do You Know These Men?

A photograph recently acquired by the Heritage Lottery Funded…

"I do not think any two boards remained together."

Dorchester author Philip Browne gave a graphic account of The…
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Turn of the Year Exacts Heavy Toll

A few winter weeks have seen the passing of three strong supporters…
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The other "Great" English King, apart from Alfred

A full house at December's Shaftesbury & District Historical…
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Honour for Shaftesbury Museums Volunteer

At the AGM of the Dorset Museums Association held on 24 November…

A Commemoration in Words, Music and Images of the Great War

A moving commemorative event organised on Saturday 12 November…

Smith and Jones Design The Cabinet of Curiosities

Chris Jones of Smith and Jones Design Consultants popped into…

Walter Bagehot - A Voice of Sanity

On Tuesday 01 November at 2.30p.m. in the Garden Room at Gold…

Bumper Audience for "The Beckfords at Fonthill"

Ninety-plus Shaftesbury & District Historical Society members…

Venue for The Beckfords at Fonthill

The subject of the 2016 Teulon Porter Lecture for The Shaftesbury…

Reminisce about Plants and Gardening Tuesday 30 August 2.30p.m.

The next Shaftesbury and the Great War Community Project Reminiscence…

The Beckfords at Fonthill

The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society's season of…

A Cabinet of Curiosities Briefly Opened

On 02 August professional photographer Paul McCabe of Southampton…

Memorial to the Fallen

According to Australian historians Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson…

Sand Mandala Attracts Record Number of Visitors

During the penultimate day of their residency at Gold Hill Museum,…

A Remarkable Work of Art Takes Shape in the Garden Room

From Monday 27 June Tibetan monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery…

Meet the Team on Saturday 25 June 11a.m. - 3p.m.

Each day of the season at Gold Hill Museum six volunteer stewards…

Remembering the Great Battles of 1916

Fourteen British ships were sunk, and over 6000 Royal Navy personnel…

Summer Outing Catches the Midwinter Sun

On 14 June eighteen members of The Shaftesbury & District…

Make and Flavour Soft Cheese with Hedgerow and Garden Herbs

Local herbalist Kate Scott returns to the Garden Room at Gold…

What Our Visitors Say

Recent entries in our Visitors' Book: 23 April 2016  A really…

Shaftesbury Remembers the Great War

Claire Ryley (left) and Ann Symons are staging a "Shaftesbury…

Medieval Feast Sunday 15 May 1 - 3 p.m.

As part of the Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival on Sunday…

Old Wives' Tales or Old Wise Tales?

Kate Scott returns to Gold Hill Museum on Friday 13 May with…

Five Temporary Exhibitions to see this week

448 visitors came through the door of Gold Hill Museum during…

Spring Awakening

Childhood Theme to Reminiscence Afternoon Tuesday 26 April 2.30 - 3.30p.m.

The focus for the next Reminiscence Afternoon at Shaftesbury…

Tea and Talks at Gold Hill Museum

The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society concluded their…

Tibetan Monks to Create Sand Mandala at Gold Hill Museum

Visitors to Gold Hill Museum from Monday 27 June are promised…

Hands-on Activities for Younger Visitors

Cup and ball, yo-yo, kaleidoscope, slate and chalk: all these…

Shaftesbury Camera Club Exhibition at Gold Hill Museum

Following last year's successful Photographic Exhibition held…
Reminiscence

Reminiscence Afternoon 2.30 - 3.30 Tuesday 29 March at Shaftesbury Library

Ann Symons and Claire Ryley are holding a further Reminiscence…

Life in Shaftesbury and Tisbury Workhouses

A new exhibition for 2016 created by Librarian and Archivist…

34035 "Shaftesbury" arrives at Gold Hill Museum

"Shaftesbury" was one of the Southern Railway Company's "West…

The Language of the Fan at Gold Hill Museum

Gold Hill Museum re-opens on Saturday 19 March with many new…

New Face in the Garden at Gold Hill Museum

Biffo the Gargoyle has taken up residence in the Museum Garden.…

Dorset Mayors Visit Gold Hill Museum

Over 30 Dorset Mayors and their consorts visited Gold Hill Museum…

Ancestry Afternoon Friday 26 February Fully Booked

The opportunity to uncover Family History with the help of experienced…
Reminiscence

Reminiscence Afternoon Tuesday 23 February 2.30 - 3.30p.m.

In conjunction with Shaftesbury Library, Claire Ryley and Ann…
Open Free Admission

Gold Hill Museum Open for the Snowdrop Festival

Take refuge from February's biting winds in the light and warmth…

Finding Pitt-Rivers at Gold Hill Museum

Jane Ellis-Schon brought a tiny sample of the 15,000 objects…

Celebrate the Snowdrop at Gold Hill Museum

Anna McDowell, seen here [left] with her cousin Catherine Erskine…

BBC Radio Solent Visit Gold Hill Museum

Steve Harris, "Breakfast in Dorset" radio presenter based in…

News Blog Connected to Facebook

The Gold Hill Museum News Blog is now connected to both Facebook…

Standing Room Only For Julian Richards

TV archaeologist and Shaftesbury resident Julian Richards attracted…

Operation Warhorse by Julian Richards

The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society's January lecturer…

Dickensians meet Alfred The Great

Visitors to Gold Hill Museum's late-night Christmas shopping…
Dorset Clay Pipes

Dorset Clay Pipes

December's lecturer, Robert Lancaster, brought an array of examples…

Christmas Fun

Christmas Fun at Gold Hill Museum Sunday 6th December 2015 -…

November News

Gold Hill Museum closed its doors at the end of the regular season…

Teulon Porter Memorial Lecture

New President of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society,…