Garden Room

The Anna McDowell Garden Room

The Anna McDowell Garden Room overlooking the attractive museum garden has outstanding views of the Blackmore Vale and Cranborne Chase, and is used for conferences, workshops, lectures, social events, and short-term exhibitions. There are 50 stackable chairs, and 6 circular and 2 rectangular tables available. The room can comfortably accommodate 45 persons theatre-style, or 30 seated around circular tables, or 60 standing. With Social Distancing measures in operation the maximum safe capacity would be 10. In good weather a social event may overflow into the garden where there are four benches and space for a few chairs in a gravelled section. All parts of the museum, including the garden, are no smoking areas.

Audio-visual presentations benefit from built-in screen, digital projector and window blinds. The sound system incorporates a radio microphone and Hearing Loop. Wi-fi access is available via the secure Gold Hill Museum network. Refreshments may be served via a hatch from the adjoining kitchenette where a range of crockery is stored. [Users are requested to provide their own tea / coffee and to wash up.]

The Garden Room is fully accessible to wheelchair users, as is the nearby toilet where there are also nappy-changing facilities.

The Garden Room can be booked by the general public, community groups and business throughout the year. Discounts are available for repeat bookings. It will be advantageous for enquirers to possess Public Liability insurance. When the museum is closed, access will be via a level flagstone path through the garden.

Further details are available via:

Tel: 01747 852157 [answerphone outside opening hours]


or by post to Gold Hill Museum, Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8JW

Gold Hill Museum Garden Room
Volunteers Event in the Gold Hill Museum Garden Room