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Speed to the West: A Nostalgic Journey

19 March 2016 - 7 January 2017

Nothing is more evocative of the golden age of travel than the railway poster.  This exhibition features over 50 famous examples spanning a whole century, along with locomotive nameplates, old station totem signs and diverse railway publicity materials and ephemera. 

The Charge of the Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry at Agagia - 26th February, 1916

29 January 2016 - 9 July 2016

Dorset County Museum and The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester, in conjunction with the Dorset Yeomanry have assembled a small exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous charge of the Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry against a mixed Turkish and Senussi force in the Egyptian Western Desert.

Dorset's Church Treasure

Don't miss the new temporary exhibition of Church Silver. Created by world-famous silversmiths, the display tells the story of Christianity for over 2000 years. Pieces include an elaborate chalice from St Peter's, Parkstone, a rare bread knife for cutting communion bread and the Coombe Keynes Chalice from the Victoria and Albert Museum - an object of huge national importance.


DCM / Jonathan Gooding © 2014

Katherine Hardy's Dress

Dorset County Museum’s textile archive includes a significant collection of clothing originally owned by Thomas Hardy’s family. Among the pieces is a stunning red bustle dress worn by his sister Katharine.

Until now most of the collection has remained in storage but a generous grant from the Daphne Bullard Trust has enabled the dress to be specially prepared and placed on display in the Museum’s Writers Gallery.


Swanage Crocodile

A 140 million year old crocodile found on the Jurassic Coast is now on display at the museum's Jurassic Coast Gallery.