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A Poetic Eye: John Craxton on Cranborne Chase and Crete.

John Craxton (1922-2009) was one of the most interesting and individual British artists of the 20th century. His life story, starting with wanderings on Cranborne Chase, was as colourful as his later pictures of the light, life and landscapes of Greece.

This exhibition charts Craxton’s journey from Cranborne to Crete, from early paintings of dark and menaced war-time landscapes to joyful scenes painted under bright Cretan skies.

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.