Dorset buttons, were an important local cottage industry, founded in 1622. They were mounted on different-coloured cards according to quality (right).
Gold Hill Museum actively collects items of local history. We are always pleased to hear from local people or those with past links to the Shaftesbury area who can add information to our records. If you would like to donate items, please contact us first before bringing them to the Museum.
About the collection area
The museum will collect items from, or which have significant links to, and which can help tell the story of, the town and the surrounding area (as defined by the Shaftesbury Schools catchments area):
Our area covers the following parishes in Dorset:
Ashmore, Compton Abbas, Farnham, Fontmell Magna, Iwerne Minster, Melbury Abbas and Cann, Sutton Waldron, The Orchards and Margaret Marsh.
Motcombe in Dorset overlaps with Gillingham Museum’s collecting area – items offered to the museum from this parish will be discussed with Gillingham Museum.
Our area also includes the following parishes in Wiltshire:
Alvediston, Berwick St. John, Berwick St. Leonard, Donhead St. Andrew, Donhead St. Mary, East Knoyle, Ebbesbourne Wake, Fonthill Bishop, Fonthill Gifford, Fovant, Sedgehill and Semley, Sutton Mandeville, Tisbury, Tollard Royal and West Tisbury.
The museum has to take into account the lack of space in the stores when considering offers to the collection.
A particular focus of future acquisitions will be photographic material including post-cards, old prints etc. of Shaftesbury and surrounding areas.