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Jill Sumner with DMA Chair Jon Murden

Dorset Museums Volunteer of the Year Award

Long-serving Gold Hill Museum steward and gardener Jill Sumner…

Stonehenge, Shaftesbury Abbey, and SAVED

BBC4's Digging for Britain, broadcast at 9pm on Wednesday 20…
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Park Walk's Café - and Waiting to Watch Cars Crash

October’s Shaftesbury Remembers session has been the best…
Frances (Fanny) Burney 1752-1840 (2)

Dr Deborah Jones Makes A Case For The Brilliant Burneys

Deborah Jones is Secretary of the Burney Society UK and definitely…
Shaftesbury Remembers Dorset Regiment Territorials

"Shaftesbury Remembers" Website Expands Coverage

The Shaftesbury Remembers website, created by Gold Hill Museum…
Steven Gunn at The Sale of Shaftesbury Exhibition

Shaftesbury Miller Meets Unfortunate End

Oxford Professor Steven Gunn gave a polished and pacy Teulon…
September 2019 Mailing to Members

Bumper September Mailing Includes Bonus Pamphlet

Members of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society…

Tudor Disregard for Health and Safety at its Peak in the Summer

Professor Steven Gunn of Merton College Oxford is leading a…
Annual Garden Party 2019

Perfect Weather for Garden Party

The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society chose one…
Mary Arden's Farm

Tudor Accident of the Month: Making and Taking Worming Powder

July 2019. Intestinal worms were an unpleasantly common affliction…
Perce-pierre or rock samphire

Tudor Accident of the Month: Gathering Rock Samphire

June 2019. Rock samphire is a succulent coastal plant, nutritious…
Charles II Needlework Decorative Box

Dorchester Privilege Visit for S&DHS Members

The 2019 Summer Outing for members of The Shaftesbury &…
BBC South re-create the Hovis ad

TV News Crews Flock to Gold Hill

On Monday 03 June the famous Ridley Scott Hovis ad was re-launched…
Byzant Procession 2019 (2)

Byzant Ceremony Revived For Second Year During Food Fair

Gold Hill Museum volunteers and supporters were prominent among…
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Tudor Accidents of the Month: May 2019

Tudor England was a dangerous place. There were plagues and…
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Shaftesbury Camera Club Exhibition 04-10 May 2019

Shaftesbury Camera Club return for their fifth Annual Exhibition…
Map of Shaftesbury properties for sale in 1919

Two New Exhibitions For Season's Start

May 2019 marks the centenary of The Sale of Shaftesbury...
Gold Hill Museum Volunteers 2019

An invitation to join the volunteer team

Each week during the season (starts Monday 01 April) Gold Hill…
Fire Brigade Cartoon

Tea and Talks - Tuesday 02 April 2.30pm

The Tea and Talks session provides an informal opportunity for…
Roman Gardens

Chinese Dragon Lanterns, Snowdrop Tiles and Roman Gardens

By Friday 01 March Shaftesbury & District Historical Society…
Shillingstone Station

The Station They Never Closed - Lecture 2.30pm Tuesday 05 March

Shillingstone Station opened in 1863 lit by oil lamps and closed…
Gold Hill Museum Chairperson Elaine Barratt in the Garden Room

Fish, Chips And Quiz Will Fund Museum Enhancement

Gold Hill Museum’s meeting and venue space is underused and…
Shire Hall Dorchester

Shire Hall: Justice in the Balance - Lecture Tuesday 05 February 2.30p.m.

Shire Hall in Dorchester was Dorset’s courthouse from 1797…
Marie_Stopes (2)

The Remarkable Dr Marie Stopes - Lecture 2.30pm Tuesday 08 January 2019

David Carter, Trustee of Portland Museum, brings an illustrated…
Sales of Shaftesbury

A Hundred Years Since The Sale of Shaftesbury - The Town They Sold Three Times

At the end of the First World War, most of Shaftesbury was sold…
Janet Swiss and Byzant Mural

Share Your Well And Spring Stories With Gold Hill Museum

Do you have a well within your home or a spring on your land?…
John Rutter Turbulent Quaker

Turbulent Quaker of Shaftesbury Book Launch Tuesday 04 December

The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society is delighted…
Craft Workshop

Free Autumn Crafty Event Wednesday 24 October 2-4 p.m.

Gold Hill Museum is hosting an Autumn Crafty Afternoon on Wednesday…
John Penruddock of Compton Chamberlayne (2)

Small Earthquake in Wiltshire (1655) - Lecture Tuesday 06 November 2.30pm

This earthquake was political rather than tectonic. In March…
David Morris at the door of a shepherd's hut

Learn How Shaftesbury Was Once The Centre Of Shepherd Hut Building

Shepherd huts are currently all over the home and lifestyle magazines.…
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Was This Gabriel Oak's Shepherd's Hut, As Described By Thomas Hardy?

Aeronautical engineer David Morris has devoted his spare time…
Dorset Button Mice

Children Encouraged To Find Special Gold Hill Museum Mice

There are mice in Gold Hill Museum. And the Museum Trustees would…
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The Amazing Upjohns

The founder of what grew into a multi-national pharmaceutical…
Ciorstaidh Trevarthen

Expert Declares Museum's Oldest Object Is Even Older

An unexpected result of the Saturday 14 July session at Gold…
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Could You Be The Next Chairperson at Gold Hill Museum?

Have you got what it takes to lead one of Shaftesbury’s most…
Sir John Stuttard delves into the archives at Gold Hill Museum

Sir John on "Turbulent John" at Gold Hill Museum Thursday 21 June 3.30pm

Former Lord Mayor of London Sir John Stuttard (above) has, with…
First floor Chapter House Wells Cathedral (2)

S&DHS Members Enjoy Privilege Visit to Wells

Eighteen members of The Shaftesbury & District Historical…
Shaftesbury Camera Club Exhibition 2018

Shaftesbury's Photographers Give Us Their Best Shots

Twenty years ago, serious photographers had to invest thousands…

Buddhist Monks Create Religious Artwork for Shaftesbury Fringe Weekend

You’ll be able to watch Buddhist monks create beautiful patterns…
The Mayor & Mrs Lewer, Ray Simpson and Roger Guttridge

S&DHS Members Snap Up Signed Copies of Shaftesbury Through Time

At the official launch party held at Gold Hill Museum on 28 March,…
Janet Swiss and Byzant Mural

BV Dairy Sponsors New Gold Hill Museum Exhibitions

Gold Hill Museum opens for the season on Saturday 24th March…
Shaftesbury Through Time compilers

New Photo History Book: Cameras Capture Decades of Shaftesbury Development

Shaftesbury Through Time is published on 15 March by Amberley…
Shaftesbury Abbess

Veteran Diplomat Talks On His Ancestor Mabel Giffard

Mabel Giffard was elected Abbess of Shaftesbury in 1291. She…
Snowdrops Gold Hill Museum Garden

Make Your Own Snowdrop Dragon on Thursday 15 February

Tickets for the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival event at Gold Hill…
Dr Kate Giles of York University

Leading Academic Returns Home to North Dorset for Guildhall History Talk

An expert in Britain's historic guildhalls is crediting her Child…
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Taking a New and Critical Look at Our Statues

On Tuesday 02 January 2018 at 2.30p.m. at Gold Hill Museum Dave…
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Loss of Last Link with Founders of Gold Hill Museum

Members and Trustees of The Shaftesbury & District Historical…
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'The two Beckfords of Fonthill' Podcast

Thanks to Keri Jones for creating, and former Lord Mayor of London…
Alderman-Beckford-portrait - blog

Wealth, Power and a Sex Scandal in the next Gold Hill Museum talk

A former Lord Mayor of London will present his research into…
Website Launch and Podcast

'Shaftesbury Remembers The Great War' Podcast

Shaftesbury & District Historical Society member Keri Jones…
Shaftesbury Remembers Website Launch

'Shaftesbury Remembers' Website Launched on Armistice Day

It was standing room only in the Anna McDowell Garden Room at…
Smugglers

My Family And Other Smugglers by Roger Guttridge

Roger Guttridge is a direct descendant of North Dorset's most…
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…

King Alfred: Man and Myth - the facts at Shaftesbury Town Hall Tuesday 03 October 7.30p.m.

One of two English kings named "The Great"; saviour of Anglo-Saxon…
Chairman David Silverside with Trip Advisor Certficate of Excellence

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Gold Hill Museum

Travel website TripAdvisor has awarded its Certificate of Excellence…
2017-18 Programme

Lord Mayor and Diplomat Feature in New Season of History Lectures

Contributors to the 2017-18 programme of Shaftesbury & District…

Centenary of Passchendaele Remembered

Researcher Chris Stupples has listed 31 men from Shaftesbury…

Great Houses near Shaftesbury and their Owners

Local History Librarian and Archivist Ray Simpson has created…
Alfred's only contemporary portrait

Alfred the Great comes third in BBC History Magazine Hot 100 List

Readers of BBC History Magazine have voted King Alfred, founder…
Churchyard Statue (3)

Decapitated Statue - but where and of whom?

The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society is shortly…
Trustees elected at 2017 AGM

King Alfred backs Trustees

At the July AGM of The Shaftesbury & District Historical…
Brigit Strawbridge and Bee Hotel

Bee Hotels in ideal spot says Brigit Strawbridge

Renowned wild bee advocate Brigit Strawbridge has expressed her…
Gold Hill Abbey Wall
Fonthill Old Abbey with modern house

In the footsteps of William Beckford

The 06 June summer outing of The Shaftesbury & District Historical…
Gold Hill Abbey Wall

Tisbury Tithe Barn and Fonthill Old Abbey

On the afternoon of Tuesday 06 June members of The Shaftesbury…
Restored Sun and Moon Sign

Sensation at The Sun and Moon November 1906

Hanging once again outside Gold Hill Museum, above the passageway…
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19 Lodgers at No.1 Gold Hill in 1911

Members of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society…
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Gold Hill Museum Opens For The 2017 Season

From Saturday 01 April to Tuesday 31 October Gold Hill Museum…
Dorset Yeomanry

Do You Know These Men?

A photograph recently acquired by the Heritage Lottery Funded…

"I do not think any two boards remained together."

Dorchester author Philip Browne gave a graphic account of The…
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Turn of the Year Exacts Heavy Toll

A few winter weeks have seen the passing of three strong supporters…
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The other "Great" English King, apart from Alfred

A full house at December's Shaftesbury & District Historical…
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Honour for Shaftesbury Museums Volunteer

At the AGM of the Dorset Museums Association held on 24 November…

A Commemoration in Words, Music and Images of the Great War

A moving commemorative event organised on Saturday 12 November…

Smith and Jones Design The Cabinet of Curiosities

Chris Jones of Smith and Jones Design Consultants popped into…

Walter Bagehot - A Voice of Sanity

On Tuesday 01 November at 2.30p.m. in the Garden Room at Gold…

Bumper Audience for "The Beckfords at Fonthill"

Ninety-plus Shaftesbury & District Historical Society members…

Venue for The Beckfords at Fonthill

The subject of the 2016 Teulon Porter Lecture for The Shaftesbury…

Reminisce about Plants and Gardening Tuesday 30 August 2.30p.m.

The next Shaftesbury and the Great War Community Project Reminiscence…

The Beckfords at Fonthill

The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society's season of…

A Cabinet of Curiosities Briefly Opened

On 02 August professional photographer Paul McCabe of Southampton…

Memorial to the Fallen

According to Australian historians Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson…

Sand Mandala Attracts Record Number of Visitors

During the penultimate day of their residency at Gold Hill Museum,…

A Remarkable Work of Art Takes Shape in the Garden Room

From Monday 27 June Tibetan monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery…

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

Each day of the season at Gold Hill Museum six volunteer stewards…

Remembering the Great Battles of 1916

Fourteen British ships were sunk, and over 6000 Royal Navy personnel…

Summer Outing Catches the Midwinter Sun

On 14 June eighteen members of The Shaftesbury & District…

Make and Flavour Soft Cheese with Hedgerow and Garden Herbs

Local herbalist Kate Scott returns to the Garden Room at Gold…
Fire Pump from 1744

What Our Visitors Say

Recent entries in our Visitors' Book: 23 April 2016  A really…

Shaftesbury Remembers the Great War

Claire Ryley (left) and Ann Symons are staging a "Shaftesbury…

Medieval Feast Sunday 15 May 1 - 3 p.m.

As part of the Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival on Sunday…

Old Wives' Tales or Old Wise Tales?

Kate Scott returns to Gold Hill Museum on Friday 13 May with…

Five Temporary Exhibitions to see this week

448 visitors came through the door of Gold Hill Museum during…

Spring Awakening

Childhood Theme to Reminiscence Afternoon Tuesday 26 April 2.30 - 3.30p.m.

The focus for the next Reminiscence Afternoon at Shaftesbury…

Tea and Talks at Gold Hill Museum

The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society concluded their…

Tibetan Monks to Create Sand Mandala at Gold Hill Museum

Visitors to Gold Hill Museum from Monday 27 June are promised…

Hands-on Activities for Younger Visitors

Cup and ball, yo-yo, kaleidoscope, slate and chalk: all these…

Shaftesbury Camera Club Exhibition at Gold Hill Museum

Following last year's successful Photographic Exhibition held…
Reminiscence

Reminiscence Afternoon 2.30 - 3.30 Tuesday 29 March at Shaftesbury Library

Ann Symons and Claire Ryley are holding a further Reminiscence…

Life in Shaftesbury and Tisbury Workhouses

A new exhibition for 2016 created by Librarian and Archivist…

34035 "Shaftesbury" arrives at Gold Hill Museum

"Shaftesbury" was one of the Southern Railway Company's "West…

The Language of the Fan at Gold Hill Museum

Gold Hill Museum re-opens on Saturday 19 March with many new…

New Face in the Garden at Gold Hill Museum

Biffo the Gargoyle has taken up residence in the Museum Garden.…

Dorset Mayors Visit Gold Hill Museum

Over 30 Dorset Mayors and their consorts visited Gold Hill Museum…

Ancestry Afternoon Friday 26 February Fully Booked

The opportunity to uncover Family History with the help of experienced…
Reminiscence

Reminiscence Afternoon Tuesday 23 February 2.30 - 3.30p.m.

In conjunction with Shaftesbury Library, Claire Ryley and Ann…
Open Free Admission

Gold Hill Museum Open for the Snowdrop Festival

Take refuge from February's biting winds in the light and warmth…

Finding Pitt-Rivers at Gold Hill Museum

Jane Ellis-Schon brought a tiny sample of the 15,000 objects…

Celebrate the Snowdrop at Gold Hill Museum

Anna McDowell, seen here [left] with her cousin Catherine Erskine…

BBC Radio Solent Visit Gold Hill Museum

Steve Harris, "Breakfast in Dorset" radio presenter based in…

News Blog Connected to Facebook

The Gold Hill Museum News Blog is now connected to both Facebook…

Standing Room Only For Julian Richards

TV archaeologist and Shaftesbury resident Julian Richards attracted…

Operation Warhorse by Julian Richards

The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society's January lecturer…

Dickensians meet Alfred The Great

Visitors to Gold Hill Museum's late-night Christmas shopping…
Dorset Clay Pipes

Dorset Clay Pipes

December's lecturer, Robert Lancaster, brought an array of examples…

Christmas Fun

Christmas Fun at Gold Hill Museum Sunday 6th December 2015 -…

November News

Gold Hill Museum closed its doors at the end of the regular season…

Teulon Porter Memorial Lecture

New President of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society,…