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Volunteers and staff carry out move to Old School

Work has started on moving some of the museum’s collection to the Old School in Grey School Passage. Purchased in March, the building will provide both temporary and long-term space for storage of collections.

As well as being needed during the redevelopment phase, the Old School offers a nearby offsite facility for the longer term, and additional space for researchers to access deep storage.

The Fine Art and Textiles collections will move over from the Colliton Street cottages. Natural History will remain, the freed up space allowing for research and conservation work ready for display in the new galleries. Much of this collection will then be on display for the first time in many years. Social History has already moved to the Old School, leaving the stable block clear to be developed as soon as permission is received from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Old School provides much improved facilities for volunteers and staff to work on the collections. A prime example is the framing equipment, generously loaned to the Museum by the Moule and du Boulay Trust for Art, which has not been fully utilised because of lack of space in Colliton Street. Now in its new home at the Old School – thanks to some heavy duty lifting equipment and strong muscles – it is already being prepared for use by a volunteer with picture re-framing experience.

The role of volunteers has been critical in achieving this move. Led and project managed by DNHAS Trustee John Hilton, volunteer curators of collections have managed the move of their collections alongside the Heads of Collections and Maintenance Team.  John said “It is wonderful to bring these items out of storage so they can be on public view, in some cases for the first time”.

There are ambitious plans to open the new facility for public tours once the move has been completed, so people can view collections previously not on display in advance of the Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset project.

Oct2017
Dorset County Museum Awarded Over £11 Million National Lottery Grant

Dorset County Museum Awarded Over £11 Million National Lottery Grant

Dorset County Museum has received one of the largest single Heritage Lottery Fund grants ever made to Dorset, a whopping £11,349,200.00!

Jun2017
Museum planning application for new extension and development approved

Museum planning application for new extension and development approved

The planned extension and redevelopment plans for Dorset County Museum have finally been given the green light by West Dorset District Council.

Dec2016
Highly regarded creative team Real Studios Ltd has been appointed as exhibition designers

Exhibition designers appointed

Highly regarded creative team Real Studios Ltd has been appointed as exhibition designers for the new galleries in Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset

Dec2016
Work has started on moving some of the museum’s collection to the Old School in Grey School Passage.

Volunteers and staff carry out move to Old School

Work has started on moving some of the museum’s collection to the Old School in Grey School Passage. Purchased in March, the building will provide both temporary and long-term space for storage of collections.

Nov2016
The project team has received the thumbs up at its mid-point review with the Heritage Lottery Fund

Project team gets thumbs up

The Tomorrow’s Museum project team has received the thumbs up at its mid-point review with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sep2016
Rediscovered skull of a bottle-nosed whale which was given to the Museum in 1894

Dorset whale to surface again…

Our new Natural Dorset gallery will give visitors the opportunity to discover over 200 million years of Dorset’s natural history and will allow our Natural History collection to go back on display after a period of almost 20 years in storage.

Sep2016
Museum welcomed members of the public to have their say on the latest outline plans for the museum

Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset takes another step forward

On the evening of Tuesday 9th August, the Museum welcomed members of the public to have their say on the latest outline plans for the Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset project.

May2015
Dorset County Museum has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new Collections Discovery Centre project, it was announced today.

Dorset County Museum wins £10.3 million Heritage Lottery Funding

Dorset County Museum has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new Collections Discovery Centre project, it was announced today.

Jun2014
Architects Carmody Groarke have been selected to renovate and the Museum

Dorset County Museum selects Award-winning architects for new project

Dorset County Museum in Dorchester has selected architects Carmody Groarke to renovate and expand their Grade II listed building in Dorchester.

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Work has started on moving some of the museum’s collection to the Old School in Grey School Passage.
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