My Family And Other Smugglers by Roger Guttridge

Roger Guttridge is a direct descendant of North Dorset’s most notorious smuggler and proud of it. In his talk at Gold Hill Museum on Tuesday 07 November at 2.30p.m. he will tell how family legends about his ancestor’s exploits first sparked his interest and led to his first book, Dorset Smugglers, published in 1983. He will also reveal that smuggling was not the gentle, part-time occupation portrayed in the traditional romantic image but a major industry that affected the whole of Dorset and many other counties. It involved huge amounts of investment, vast profits and not a little violence.

Roger’s talk is free to members of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society while non-members may pay £3 at the door.

Craft Workshop

Half-term Autumn Crafts Day Wednesday 25 October 10.30a.m.- 3.30p.m.

An all-age Autumn Crafts Day at Gold Hill Museum on Wednesday 25 October will enable participants to try their hand at pressing apples, making Dorset buttons, and clay and paper crafts. Nick Crump will lead special workshops at 11.00a.m. and 2.00p.m. in the art of making woven fish. These workshops are suitable for ages 6 and above, with adult help, but places are limited so please make a prior booking at the Museum to avoid disappointment. Phone 01747 852157 to book.

Though entry is free donations towards the cost of providing materials would be appreciated. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.