TEL: 01305 262735

Monday 30th July 2018 until Sunday 25th November 2018

Venue: Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA

Made in Wessex

Discover the story of a region that has been a centre of making for thousands of years...

For the next twelve months four leading museums of the Wessex Museums Partnership Dorset County Museum, Poole Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum will be sharing the story of Wessex in the wider world by showcasing an artefact from their own outstanding collections to the other partner museums.

A cradle of prehistoric society in England and today renowned for its arts and crafts, Wessex has been a centre of making for thousands of years. The downland, heathland, rivers and coast of Wessex have shaped the making and use of artefacts, from ancient flints to contemporary ceramics. This second series of Spotlight Loans between the four leading museums that tell the stories of Dorset and Wiltshire focus on this tradition of making and reveals some surprising and fascinating objects to illustrate the theme.

Crown Dorset Pottery

The Dorset County Museum is pleased to announce from the to 30 July – 25 November 2018, we will be showcasing a plate from Poole Museum.

The Crown Dorset Art Pottery was established by Charles Collard in Green Road, Poole in 1905. The pottery produced was very similar to that of the Devon potteries where Collard had previously worked, although Collard also developed new styles.

These pieces are examples of Cottage Ware, produced for the tourist and cheaper end of the market in a range of shapes and sizes. These were usually decorated with country scenes and a motto in Dorset dialect, often quoting the Dorset poet William Barnes.

Four Wessex Museums are working in partnership to inspire and engage people with the amazing story of our region in new and exciting ways through its outstanding art and heritage.

While you are here in Wessex…why not visit one of our partner museums? 


For further information contact the Museum on 01305 756827 or Contact Us

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