A Remarkable Work of Art Takes Shape in the Garden Room

From Monday 27 June Tibetan monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will be creating a colourful Sand Mandala in the Garden Room at Gold Hill Museum. This beautiful but short-lived work of art represents a Buddha’s palace and is composed of millions of grains of coloured sand, painstakingly put into place using hollow metal funnels called Chagpurs. The monks can be seen at work during normal opening hours 10.30a.m. to 4.30p.m. and there is no charge. On Thursday at 6.30p.m. there will be a talk about the Monastery and the Sand Mandala; tickets can be collected from the Garden Room. The monks’ residency concludes on Monday 04 July with a ceremony starting at 10.30a.m. in which the completed design is ritually swept up and dispersed.

Tickets for a 7.00p.m. Monday 04 July performance by the monks of sacred music and dance in Shaftesbury Town Hall are available online at Eventbrite.com and from “Nature’s Treasures” in Shaftesbury High Street.

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

Each day of the season at Gold Hill Museum six volunteer stewards are needed to extend a warm welcome to our many visitors: on Saturday 18 June 100 adults and 12 children, followed by 100 adults and 18 children on Sunday 19 June. Our visitors, from all over the world, tend to be appreciative and many have interesting stories of their own to tell.

If you think that you could spare two hours a week, either in a regular slot or filling in as required, why not drop into Saturday’s Open Day in the Garden Room between 11.00a.m. and 3.00p.m. and meet some of our existing stewards? Over a glass of wine or a cup of tea or coffee they will be pleased to share with you the benefits of being a Gold Hill Museum steward.


Remembering the Great Battles of 1916

Fourteen British ships were sunk, and over 6000 Royal Navy personnel died, in the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. Two British battlecruisers blew up spectacularly with almost total loss of life. At least three local men died at Jutland: Gilbert John Maidment of Shaftesbury, Cecil Herbert Riggs of Berwick St John, and Harold Percival Hoskins of Enmore Green. Their details are now included in the Shaftesbury Remembers the Great War exhibition at Gold Hill Museum, thanks to the researches of HLF Community Project volunteer Chris Stupples.

The first three hours of the Battle of the Somme on 01 July 1916 claimed 50,000 British casualties, of whom 19,000 were killed. This will be the focus of the next Reminiscence Afternoon at Shaftesbury Library on Tuesday 28 June 2.30 – 3.30p.m. Another of the highly popular Ancestry Afternoons will take place at Shaftesbury Library on Friday 24 June 1.30 – 3.00p.m. For details of these Community Project events please email Ann Symons and Claire Ryley at education@goldhillmuseum.org.uk or phone Gold Hill Museum on 01747 852157.

Summer Outing Catches the Midwinter Sun

On 14 June eighteen members of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society enjoyed a privilege visit to The Salisbury Museum organised by Lavender Buckland. Curator Jane Ellis-Schon explained the rationale behind her design of the state-of-the-art archaeological display in the new Wessex Gallery. Chronology runs backwards from Norman Old Sarum to the Old Stone Age, via highlights such as the Saxon Warminster Jewel and the gold hair braids of the Late Neolithic Amesbury Archer. The sun of the midwinter solstice peeps between the stones of a projected image of Stonehenge as a whole day, and several birds, pass in twenty minutes. It would have been possible to spend a whole day among these marvels, but time had to be found for the British Museum’s travelling exhibition “Writing for Eternity: Decoding Ancient Egypt”, introduced by Joyce Paesen, and cake.

Make and Flavour Soft Cheese with Hedgerow and Garden Herbs

Local herbalist Kate Scott returns to the Garden Room at Gold Hill Museum at 10.30a.m. on Friday 17 June for another practical workshop. This month participants will be able to make and flavour soft cheese with hedgerow and garden herbs. Kate provides all the ingredients and a tasty light lunch. Further details are available on Kate’s Roundhill Herbery Facebook and website pages.