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Alfred Russel Wallace


A rare opportunity to see the Museum's entire collection of bird skins from Wallace's Malay Archipelago expedition in 1854-1855.

30 September 2013 to 4 January 2014

Jan biking


Stories of Leisure Then and Now

15 February to 17 May 2014

FREE TIME is a brand new exhibition showcasing the results of a local project studying the changing nature of our leisure time over the last 60 years.

The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and aims to capture and preserve the memories and stories of local people who used to, or still do, pursue hobbies that aren't around so much nowadays. After the exhibition, the new archive will be housed at the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester for future generations to study.

Joe Stevens, project leader, said "When you look at old black and white photos or films it can look like a completely different age, but what we are hearing is that life today is not that different from times past." Joe added, "We are not just interested in people's memories from long ago, but also the recent past."

Working with Dorset County Museum and the Dorset History Centre, the project has enabled young people to collaborate and share with the older population in a range of activities leading up to the exhibition. Volunteers captured leisure time memories in Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland and Sherborne. As well as the archive, there will also be a website and an app for a 'Walking Museum' around Dorchester.