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DORSET: A Contemporary Response

10th January to 14th March 2015

From its inception in 1920, the Bournemouth Arts Club has provided a focus of excellence for the visual arts by bringing together those who practise with those maintaining a lively intrest in current developments. It is a fusion of proud tradition which brings BAC into the 21st century.

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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 Katherine.

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.

 

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.

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Swanage Crocodile

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