Dorset County Museum Runs Literary Fundraising Event

Giles Dugdale

Giles Dugdale, Oil on canvas, 1923. Wilfred Gabriel de Glehn RA (1870-1951)

Trustees and volunteers at Dorset County Museum in Dorchester are running a literary fundraising event on Saturday 30th August 2014.

The event is in aid of much needed refurbishment in the William Barnes Gallery – part of the Writers’ Dorset section of the Museum. A proportion of the money raised will also go towards the purchase of a portrait of Giles Dugdale – an author and previous member of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society which runs the Museum. The portrait was painted in 1923 by Wilfred De Glehn, a distinguished British impressionist artist. This portrait, and accompanying collection of manuscripts, books and cuttings relating to William Barnes, are being offered to the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society from a private family collection for £3,000.

William Barnes of Dorset by Giles Dugdale

William Barnes of Dorset by Giles Dugdale

“Giles Dugdale played a key role in bringing the literary genius of William Barnes, Dorset’s greatest dialect poet, to light,” said Jon Murden, Director of Dorset County Museum. “He was also co-founder of the Museum and therefore his portrait is an important part of our Dorset heritage.”

The William Barnes Society has already donated £500 towards the purchase of the portrait. It is hoped that the fundraising event on 30th August will raise the rest of the funds needed to keep the portrait in its rightful place in Dorset County Museum. The event will take place between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm at St Peter’s Church hall, High West Street, Dorchester on Saturday 30th August. Stalls will include home-made produce and preserves, books and bric-a-brac, and refreshments will be available. There will also be a number of activities for children. All are welcome.

For more information about the project, or to make a donation, please contact Jenny Cripps at the Museum on

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