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!

Sep2017
Dippy on Tour Competition

Dippy on Tour Competition

A chance for one lucky winner of our competition to assist with Dippy’s reconstruction including the final topping out ceremony by placing the very last bone cast in place prior to Dippy the dinosaur’s presentation to the general public.

Sep2017
Dippy on Tour comes to Dorset

Dippy on Tour comes to Dorset

With over six months still to go before the Natural History Museum’s Dippy the Diplodocus finally arrives in Dorset, his visit is already capturing the imagination of thousands of children throughout the South West of England with tickets being snapped up at record rates.

Sep2017
Come along and find out more about how you can get involved with Dippy's visit to Dorset.

Volunteer Open Evening

On Thursday 28th September 2017 between 4pm - 8pm. Come along and find out more about how you can get involved with Dippy's visit to Dorset.

Jul2017
Dorset County Museum awarded National Portfolio Organisation Status by the Arts Council

Dorset County Museum awarded National Portfolio Organisation Status by the Arts Council

Dorset County Museum have been awarded National Portfolio Organisation status by Arts Council England. In doing so are set to share in a £1.2 million investment into the Museum of Dorset and Wiltshire.

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.

Apr2016
Sharing Heritage: Museum Makers Group celebrates £6,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Sharing Heritage: Museum Makers Group celebrates £6,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Dorset County Museum has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, it was announced today. The grant will fund an exciting Museum Makers project which will provide educational and inspirational opportunities for adults with learning disabilities as they engage with the collections at the Museum.

Dec2015
This year Dorset County Museum has been visited by 56 schools – that’s more than 2,000 school children through the front doors.

Museum visited by over 2,000 school children in 2015

This year Dorset County Museum has been visited by 56 schools – that’s more than 2,000 school children through the front doors.

Nov2015
Dorset County Museum is excited to announce the official opening of its brand new light, modern gallery on Friday 6th November by special guest Julian Richards

Ancient Dorset Gallery Official Opening

Dorset County Museum is excited to announce the official opening of its brand new light, modern gallery on Friday 6th November by special guest Julian Richards

Aug2015
On Wednesday the 19th August 2015, TV Historian, Dan Snow came to the Dorset County Museum to film his latest BBC TV series exploring the age of the Vikings.

TV Historian Dan Snow visits Dorset County Museum for his latest TV Series

On Wednesday the 19th August 2015, TV Historian, Dan Snow came to the Dorset County Museum to film his latest BBC TV series exploring the age of the Vikings.

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.

Apr2015
The opening A Poetic Eye: John Craxton on Cranborne Chase and Crete

The opening A Poetic Eye: John Craxton on Cranborne Chase and Crete

Friday evening saw Dorset County Museum’s Victorian Gallery filled with visitors eagerly awaiting their opportunity to get the first glimpse of the museum’s latest exhibition of John Craxton’s art (1922-2009); from his time in Dorset through to his days in Crete.

Mar2015
Mabel Stobart and the Retreat from Serbia 1915

A Dorset Woman at War

Summer 2014 saw a special exhibition at Dorset County Museum commemorating the centenary of the start of the First World War. The exhibition will focus on the story of one Dorset woman, Mabel St Clair Stobart, exploring her life and the role she played during the epic retreat of the Serbian army in 1915.

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.

Jun2014
A marine reptile skull found on the Jurassic Coast has been declared as a new species to science

Monster fossils from Dorset and Wiltshire declared as new species

An enormous skull from a giant marine reptile recovered from the Dorset coast near Weymouth, has been declared as a species new to science and named in honour of its finder Kevan Sheehan. The new name, Pliosaurus kevani, is published in the on-line journal PLOS ONE this week.

May2014
A Dorset Prehistoric Feasibility Study Project

The Interactive Social Experience Engine (iSEE) for History and Heritage

A £55,000 grant has been awarded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to The Dorset Experience project to explore the delivery of history and heritage information into the countryside.

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