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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.

The plans, which call for the transformation of the museum’s facilities, include a new learning centre, library, café and shop and most importantly additional gallery space.

Hidden behind the museum’s 19th century façade lie almost 4 million artefacts, charting the natural, archaeological, cultural and social history of Dorset. Regrettably, many of these hidden gems have remained just that, hidden from view and unable to tell their story…until now!

With £13 million of the £15 million target already pledged, these hidden gems will once again see the light of day, helping to illustrate, educate and inform us of our unique history.

‘We are absolutely delighted that the relevant authorities have recognised the importance and significance of the project to the local community and to the county. We can now look forward to realising our ambition to provide Dorset with the appropriate facilities in which to properly conserve, display and make accessible, our wonderful collection.’ says Dr Jon Murden, Director of Dorset County museum.

Online donations to the appeal can be made via www.tomorrowsmuseumfordorset.org

In recognition of the Museum’s unique collections and its role in furthering the knowledge of palaeontology the museum will be welcoming its largest and oldest visitor in February 2018. Dippy, the famous diplodocus skeleton replica from the National History Museum is embarking on national tour with Dorchester being his first stop.

When he was roaming the Earth, Dippy measured almost 30m in length and weighed an incredible 15 tonnes, once installed in the museum’s magnificent Victorian gallery there will be just inches to spare.

Dr Jon Murden, is understandably overjoyed at the prospect of Dippy coming to town.

“Dippy’s visit is a once in generation opportunity and as such we’re expecting a huge demand for tickets” says Jon.

The museum’s online ticket reservation service will be launched very soon but visitors are advised to register their advance interest by visiting the Museum's website and visiting the Dippy on Tour page.

Working in partnership with the Jurassic Coast Trust, visitors to the museum will receive expert guided tours and experience real life time travel by visiting the Jurassic Coast and travelling back 155 million years.

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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