Book Launch and Signing, The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons With traditional Dorset Folk Musician Tim Laycock

Natasha Solomon author of The Song Collector

Natasha Solomon author of The Song Collector

On Wednesday 1st July Dorset County Museum will host an evening of singing to launch local author Natasha Solomon’s new book, The Song Collector.

The popular author of Mr Rosenblum’s List and The House of Tyneford will be signing copies of her new book, which will be available to purchase on the

The Song Collector by Natasha Solomon

The Song Collector by Natasha Solomon

evening. She will be accompanied by the traditional Dorset folk musician Tim Laycock for an evening of song and ballads.

Tickets cost £5 each and are available from the Museum’s shop, or by phoning 01305 756827. The price of the ticket can be redeemed against a copy of The Song Collector on the evening.

All proceeds from this event will go towards the Dorset County Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre Development

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Book Launch: Thomas Hardy’s Master: John Hicks, Architect by T. P. Connor

Thomas Hardy's Master: John Hicks, Architect by T. P. Conner

T. P. Connor will launch his new book, Thomas Hardy’s Master: John Hicks, Architect, at Dorset County Museum on Thursday 29th May.

The Victorian architect John Hicks has always been eclipsed by the literary fame of his infinitely more distinguished pupil Thomas hardy. This new book looks at Hicks in his own right and in doing so, casts new light on Hardy’s years of architectural training.

T. P.  Connor was Head of History and the History of Art at Eton for nearly 20 years. He has written on early Palladian architecture, the Grant Tour and on a library in the English Civil war. His book will be available to buy on the night and is now on sale at Dorset County Museum’s shop priced at £8.50.

Following the book launch at 6.30pm there will be a lecture by Professor Roger Ebbatson about how Dorset writers have related to the rugged landscape surrounding Portland Bill. The lecture starts at 7.30pm and all are welcome.