Museum Makers: The Vikings are Coming!

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

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The Museum Makers rehearsing for their latest performance ‘The Vikings are Coming!’ at the Dorset County Museum

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.  

The project will work with local disability groups, carers, specialist artists and performers on a wide range of creative activities inspired by the Museum’s desire to share the stories of Dorset’s heritage with vulnerable adults in the community.  Weekly creative sessions will include activities such as acting, music, craft making and shadow puppetry which will result in the group producing and performing a play and a film for friends, family and the wider community to enjoy, all inspired by the Museum’s collections.

The initial focus for the group will be recently acquired archaeology collections including the Viking skeletons discovered on the South Dorset Ridgeway, which the Museum Makers will use to explore the Viking connection with Dorset, performing a play based on their discoveries.

The latter half of the project will see the group explore themes relating to the Museum’s current exhibition of railway posters of the twentieth century, Speed to the West:  a Nostalgic Journey.  From this they will produce a film on the coming of the railway to Dorchester, connections with Dorset’s literary heritage and the founding of the Museum itself in response to the threat posed by the construction of the new railways to Dorset’s archaeological heritage and natural history.

Commenting on the award, Andy Worth, Museum Makers Volunteer, said “We’re thrilled to have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started on the project. The Museum Makers group will feel a stronger sense of belonging to their community through engaging with Dorset’s past, and at the same time they will be developing their own self-confidence through learning new skills, performing and film-making.  We’re also delighted by the support we’ve had from Dorset County Museum, and can’t emphasise enough how crucial this interim grant is to the Museum Makers. ”  

Dr Peter Down, Chairman of Dorset County Museum added “This will be a really fantastic project, and staff and volunteers here at the Museum will give our whole hearted support to the Museum Makers in any way that we can.”

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Exploring museums worldwide with #MuseumWeek 2016

#MuseumWeekDorset County Museum will join museums and galleries across the World on Twitter for #MuseumWeek, a project that will connect people to artwork, culture, history and science in new and interactive ways.

#MuseumWeek 2016 will take place from Monday 28th March – Sunday 30rd April 2016 and will give Twitter users direct and unparalleled access to some of the international leading museums and the people behind them in 140-characters bursts.

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Dorset County Museum will join other UK organisations already signed up include the Science Museum (@sciencemuseum), the Natural History Museum (@NHM_London), the Victoria and Albert Museum (@V_and_A), the British Museum (@britishmuseum), and the Tate (@Tate).

Dorset County Museum will join other Museums across the world by including the hashtag #MuseumWeek in their Tweets for the week, meaning users can follow along on Twitter.

 

7 days, 7 themes, 7 hashtags!

In addition, every day there will be a different theme.

#MuseumWeek Secrets#secretsMW – Monday 28 March

Monday is dedicated to discovering your most well-kept secrets! Show a behind-the-scenes glimpse of your museum!

#peopleMW#peopleMW – Tuesday 29 March

Tuesday is dedicated to honor the people-well known or anonymous-who have helped make your museum. Feature your founders, other icons, and current staff members and talk about their expertise!

#architectureMW#architectureMW – Wednesday 30 March

Wednesday is about telling the story of your building(s), your garden(s), your neighborhood or other key locations for your institution. Introduce your museum from a different point of view!

#heritageMW#heritageMW – Thursday 31 March

On Thursday, focus on your tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Help your audience discover the variety of content your institution has on view, in storage or online!

#futureMW#futureMW – Friday 1 April

On friday, share your most innovative projects, your barriers to innovation, your research or your institutional goals, all of which can lead to a greater understanding of your future initiatives and developments!

#zoomMW#zoomMW – Saturday 2 April

Saturday zoom in on your content by sharing details and anecdotes that provide an interesting insight into your collection (e.g, images of hands or frames, anecdotes about the origins of a book …).

#loveMW#loveMW – Sunday 3 April

Sunday, time to share what you love about your place! Take advantage of this opportunity to promote your museum’s greatest attractions (artworks, displays, rooms …) and use Twitter as a helping tool for the visit.

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A full list of participating UK organisations can be viewed here museumweek2016.org

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Adult Craft Workshop: Make a Christmas Wreath

Holly-WreathOn Wednesday 11th November between 1.00pm and 3.30pm, as part of its series of craft sessions the Museum is running a festive workshop for adults to come along and learn how to make a Christmas Wreath.

This session is designed specifically for beginners who wish to try out new crafts and techniques. Tickets cost £10.00 each, and as places are limited to just 15, booking is essential. Basic materials will be provided, but participants will need to bring a bag of straw or rabbit bedding, and their own choice of greenery. At the end of the session participants will have their own handmade Christmas wreath to take home.

For further information and other forthcoming events contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Spend a Night in the Museum with the Vikings

Viking Sleepover at Dorset County MuseumYes, it’s Halloween, but if you fancy doing something a little bit different on Saturday 31st October with your kids, come and join us for an activity packed night to remember in Dorset County Museum.

There are a whole host of activities planned for the night around a central theme, ‘The Vikings’, to coincide with the opening of our new Ancient Dorset Gallery in early November (this will be open for viewing on the night).

Viking at the Dorset County MuseumNot only will you be able to see real Viking skeletons over 1,000 years old, but Re-enactment Group Hrafnslith will be telling interactive stories of Viking adventure and derring-do, and giving weaponry demonstrations. On top of this, you can help professional artist Darrell Wakelam to build a huge Viking long-boat, and make your own long-boat model to take home with you. Then after hot chocolate and biscuits, nestle down for a night’s sleep before a complimentary light breakfast the following morning in the Museum’s beautiful Victorian Hall. We will be showing the film ‘How to Train your Dragon’ in the morning to end this Viking sleepover. A very popular event in previous years, this really will be a night to remember!

The Sleepover is on Saturday 31st October 2015 6.00pm, until 9.30am the next morning. Tickets are limited to 100, and are on sale now from the Museum shop on High West Street, Dorchester or by telephone on 01305 756827. This event is for children aged 7 – 13, with a maximum of 2 children per adult (who must stay overnight with the children). Ticket prices: children £15, adults £12 to include evening refreshments and light breakfast.

For further information contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

 

Half Term fun and games at Dorset County Museum

Hula Hooping

Hula Hooping – an image from the current exhibition, Free Time at the Dorset County Museum

Dorset County Museum is running a free family activity during half term week.
The theme is toys and games from the past and ties in with the new exhibition which has just opened at the Museum: Free Time.

Children and their families will be able to play with toys and games from the 50s, 60s and 70s like Flying Hats, Flips or Slam!  Learn how to work a hula hoop, do some simple juggling, or play a game of hopscotch.  There will also be a selection of traditional wooden toys, dolls and card games to try out. Come along, play some new games, learn new skills and have a lot of fun at the same time!

All family activities during 2014 are kindly sponsored by Battens Solicitors through their Charitable Trust and are FREE. The activity starts at 10.30am on Wednesday 19th February and runs for two hours. Everyone is welcome and parents and carers must stay with their children during the activities.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

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Learn the art of calligraphy at the Dorset County Museum

CalligraphyThe last of this year’s adult craft workshops takes place at Dorset County Museum on Wednesday 4th December at 1.00pm to 3.30pm

This session will teach the basic skills of calligraphy and provide advice on what you need to start this fascinating and rewarding hobby.  Experienced tutor Sara Newman will talk about the history of calligraphy, show some examples of traditional quills and pens and demonstrate many of the basic techniques of the art. She will also show some examples of students’ work to illustrate the progression from beginner to expert calligrapher.

There is a maximum limit of 15 people for the event and pre-booking is essential.  The cost is £7.50 and basic materials will be supplied, although anyone who has a calligraphy set at home is encouraged to bring it in and learn how to use it.  For those nervous of using a traditional metal nib and ink, a simpler alternative is to bring along a calligraphy-tipped felt pen – a medium nib is best – to provide an easier introduction to the basic techniques which will be demonstrated on the day.

Tickets are available now from the Museum shop on 01305 756827.  These sessions tend to sell out fast so early booking is recommended.  All are welcome – especially complete beginners!

New Exhibition: Pardoes ANIMATE! exhibition opens on the 13th July 2013 at the Dorset County Museum

Animate Exhibition 2013Pardoes ANIMATE! exhibition is an exciting new exhibition opening up the world of film animation to all enthusiasts of this fascinating art form.

Yvonne Hellin-Hobbs, curator of the exhibition said, “We hope the ANIMATE! exhibition will illustrate and illuminate the background of the animation art form for a whole new generation of fans. It will also awaken memories in an older generation by bringing some all- time favourite characters to life again at Dorset County Museum.”

ANIMATE! will include over 120 objects on loan from Exeter University, the British Film Institute Archive, The Ray Harryhausen Foundation, David Hand Productions and independent local animators.

One of the Hydra heads from the 1963 film 'Jason and the Argonauts' - The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation © 2013

One of the Hydra heads from the 1963 film ‘Jason and the Argonauts’  © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation

The artefacts range from Victorian Flick books, zoetropes, shadow theatres, puppets and early animation machines to posters, catalogues and publicity material, original Disney and Hungarian film cells, concept sketches, sheet music and merchandising toys.
Visitors can follow the development of animation through time and see how the technology has developed to the present day, highlighting the work of ground-breaking animators along the way. There will also be a computerised animation package available within the exhibition space for youngsters to make their own, simple animated films.

A screening area will show examples of animated films from the simplicity of early work to the complex 3D animation that we are now so familiar with. It will illustrate how animation has and can be used in commercial

Shaun the Sheep © Aardman Studios

Shaun the Sheep © Aardman Studios

and political forms, such as advertising and propaganda, charting the development of animation during war and peacetime, prosperity and depression. Find out how technology itself has had an influence, with the coming of Television, 3D and games.

A series of events and talks at the museum will complement the exhibition – full details are available on the Museum website, facebook or on the ANIMATE! flyer available from the Museum or local TICs. Look out for a series of workshops to show just how it’s done from modelling a ‘Shaun the Sheep’ to creating 2D animated films.  The exhibition opens at Dorset County Museum on Saturday 13th July and runs until 19th October.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Dorset County Museum is grateful to the main sponsor, Pardoes Solicitors and to the other generous supporters who have enabled this exhibition to take place:

  • The Mansel-Pleydell & Cecil Trust

ANIMATE! Two Centuries Of Animation From Pencil To Pixel 13th July – 19th October 2013

Shaun the Sheep © Aardman Studios

Shaun the Sheep © Aardman Studios

For summer 2013 Dorset County Museum is mounting a major exhibition called Animate! which will cover the chronology and development of the art and technology of animation and its cultural impact.

Dorset County Museum is working in partnership with The Bill Douglas Centre at University of Exeter, Bournemouth University National Centre for Computer Animation, the British Film Institute and Aardman, as well as and the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation. We are also delighted to have been able to work with Animated Exeter – the South West’s most exciting animation festival, inspiring the animators of the future.

The exhibition will look at the progression of animation from the early Victorian parlour toys, zoetropes, magic lanterns and flip books, through the work of Eadweard Muybridge, on into the golden age of animation in the early 20th century. Displays, installations and objects cover the rise of Walt Disney and the groundbreaking work of Halas and Bachelor, as well as the transition from silent to sound and from cinema to TV. An interactive exhibition suitable for all the family, Animate! will trace the use of animation in commercials, propaganda, pop videos and youth culture and the innovations of CGI, Pixar and recent computer games.

Alongside the Animate! exhibition there will also be an exciting programme of events including talks by Aardman animator Loyd Price. A full range of family activities will also be on offer, including a special half-day model-making workshop on 1st August with expert plasticine artists from the Aardman studios. To find out more about this fascinating series of activities see our events listings.

Dorset County Museum would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the Animate! exhibition:

Event: Learn to Crochet at Dorset County Museum

Rug Making at Dorset County Museum 2012

Rug Making at Dorset County Museum 2012

Evening craft sessions for adults start 26th February 2013. Following the huge success of daytime craft sessions in 2012, Dorset County Museum is now running a series of evening sessions, just for adults, on a number of different crafts and techniques. 

The first session is ‘Crochet for Beginners’ and will be held on Tuesday 26th.

February at the Museum.  Running from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, the cost is £7.50 per person and pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited to a maximum of 15 per session.  All the materials will be provided and participants will be able to learn enough basic techniques to make a simple coaster or place mat.

No previous skill is required for this session which will be run as a friendly group activity – why not come along with a couple of friends or meet new people there?  In the coming months the group will cover silk painting (on 16th April), making rag rugs, silver clay jewellery and seasonal crafts for Christmas.

Daytime sessions also run throughout the year – the next one is Tapestry Weaving on 13th March. For further information pick up an events leaflet at the Museum or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org