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Follow the Blackmore Vale Art Trail to Gold Hill Museum

Local artist Jane Shepherd exhibits a series of paintings exploring colour and texture in mixed media, that create imagined landscapes inspired by photographs and memories. These are on show in the Anna McDowell Garden Room from 28 August to 05 September. Please click on the image (above) to see the whole painting. Jane writes: “I […]

Shaftesbury Remembers the Bastable Brothers

On 16 August 1914 Private William Richard Bastable (service no. 7643) disembarked with the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment at Le Havre. Nine days later he and his comrades, professional soldiers in the British Expeditionary Force, were facing the overwhelming strength of the German army at Mons. Kaiser Wilhelm II is alleged to have […]

John Rutter Blue Plaque to Be Unveiled on 07 August

Angus Campbell, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, will unveil a Blue Plaque commemorating the life of John Rutter (1796 -1851) at noon on Saturday 07 August 2021. The Plaque will be mounted on the front wall of No. 2 The Commons, Shaftesbury, where from 1817 John Rutter ran a printing and publishing business, and […]

Gold Hill Museum Opens New Shows From Monday 31 May

Volunteers at Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill Museum have been mastering new technology and creating new displays in preparation for the return of visitors on Monday 31 May, and every day thereafter until Sunday 31 October, government regulations permitting. Mr Toad’s Abandoned Caravan, one of the entries for the on-line Amazing Spaces Challenge run during Lockdown, will […]