Talk and Book Signing: West Dorset Country Houses by Michael Hill

West Dorset Country HousesMichael Hill’s new book, West Dorset Country Houses, is a superbly researched and illustrated account of country houses in eastern Dorset. Ranging from medieval palace buildings at Corfe Castle to Art Deco houses in Poole, over 30 homes are described in great detail including the use of many architectural drawings and plans.

During his talk at Dorset County Museum on 27th November, Michael Hill will discuss the book and explain how the social context of the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras became interwoven with architectural practices. The talk will be illustrated throughout with recent and contemporary drawings and photographs.

All are welcome to this talk which starts at 7.30pm. Entry is from 7.00pm and the event is free although a donation of £3.00 is encouraged to cover costs. Copies of Michael Hill’s book will also be on sale during the evening.

For more information phone the Museum on 01305 756827 or visit our website at


Archaeology Evening at Museum

The Langton Herring Iron Age Mirror

The Langton Herring Iron Age Mirror © DCM

There will be an Archaeology evening on Friday 7th February at Dorset County Museum. This is primarily a members’ event but everyone is welcome to attend, especially potential new members.

The event will commence with a book launch and will be followed by three short illustrated talks. David Carter will discuss the recent works at Sandsfoot Castle in Weymouth; Clare Randall will talk about the Cowleaze Cemeteries, and Jon Murden, Director of the Museum, will talk about the newly conserved Langton Herring Iron Age Mirror now displayed in the Museum’s archaeology gallery.

The launch of a brand new book, Paleolithic Archaeology at Broom in the Axe Valley by Dr. Rob Hosfield and Dr. Chris Green of Reading University, will commence at 6.30pm and copies of the book will be available to buy. The co-editors will give a brief presentation on the book before signing copies for purchase.

All are welcome to attend this event at Dorset County Museum. The book launch will take place at 6.30pm to be followed by the three lectures at 7.30pm. Entry is free: a donation of £3.00 is encouraged to cover costs.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on