An Exhibition of Merrily Harpur’s Artwork

Merrily Harpur at Work

Merrily Harpur at Work

Dorset County Museum is pleased to present an exhibition by Merrily Harpur, the well-known cartoonist and illustrator, her work having appeared regularly in all the national broadsheets, and in books by Kingsley Amis, Miles Kington, Gerald Durrell, John Michell and others.  She also found time to write the authoritative study of Britain’s mystery big cats – the panther- and puma-like creatures regularly spotted in our countryside, not least in Dorset.

Rodden the Wind from the Sea by Merrily Harpur

Rodden the Wind from the Sea by Merrily Harpur

However she has always been a secret painter of landscapes, and upon moving to this county fell hopelessly in love with its beauties and surprises – the unexpected changes of angle and perspective that West Dorset offers with each half mile travelled.  She paints en plein air or, more accurately, in situ – sitting in the car, enjoying the scent of turpentine and listening to Radio 3. If you spot a mossy, mud-bespattered car in an unlikely corner of a field or lane, this could be her – probably paint-bespattered – attempting to conjure up, in paint, the genius loci – the particular magic of our place.

She now lives and paints in Cattistock, where in 2013 she inaugurated the Fox Festival, and wrote the libretto for Nick Morris’s acclaimed oratorio The Fox That Walked on Water.

Merrily’s work will be on view from 16 January 2017 – 1 April 2017 in the museum’s Tea Room, and it will be FREE to come and view. Her work will be for sale during the exhibition.

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Meet your favourite Sci-Fi and Superhero characters at the Dorset County Museum

StormtroopersIt’s nearly time for Dorchester Christmas Cracker night. The event that officially kicks off Christmas in the County town takes place this year on Thursday 8 December from 5.00pm.

This year by popular demand, everyone’s favourite Science Fiction and Fantasy Movie and TV characters will be back at Dorset County Museum. Come along to see a host of characters from the Superheroes from the Marvel Universe, Star Wars, Doctor Who and many more….

Delicious mulled wine and mince pies will be available to buy and the Tea Room will be open for tasty snacks and refreshments.  A browse in the Museum shop will reveal a wide range of gift ideas including toys, games, books and jewellery.  The current exhibition Speed to the West: A Nostalgic Journey an exhibition of 20th Century Railway Posters will be on display, with prints and railway memorabilia on sale in the shop for just a few more weeks – another fantastic opportunity to pick up a very special Christmas present.

scifi-and-superheros-at-dorset-county-museumEntry to the Museum on Cracker Night is FREE and everyone is welcome. All the galleries will be open on the night.

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

Dorset County Museum to host Sci-Fi characters and Father Christmas on Cracker Night

Dorchester Christmas CrackerIt’s nearly time for Cracker Night again in Dorchester. The event that officially kicks off Christmas in the County town takes place this year on Thursday 3rd December from 5.00pm.

This year by popular demand, everyone’s favourite science fiction characters will be back at Dorset County Museum. Come along to see characters from the Star Wars films and Dr Who. Bring the children to see Father Christmas in his grotto – every child will receive a bag of goodies in return for a small donation.

Pliosaur meets Darth Vader

Delicious mulled wine and mince pies will be available to buy in the Victorian Gallery, and the Tea Room will be open for tasty snacks and refreshments. A browse in the Museum shop will reveal a wide range of gift ideas including toys, games, books and jewellery. The current exhibition St Ives and British Modernism: the George & Ann Dannatt Collection will be on display in the exhibition gallery, and prints of some of the works will be for sale – another fantastic opportunity to pick up a very special Christmas present.

Entry to the Museum on Cracker Night is FREE and everyone is welcome. The ground floor galleries will be open on the night.

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

Dorchester Museum to host Sci-Fi characters and Father Christmas on Cracker Night

Dorchester Cracker Night

Sci-Fi characters at Dorset County Museum at a previous Cracker Night.

It’s nearly time for Cracker Night again in Dorchester. The event that officially kicks off Christmas in the County town takes place this year on Thursday 4th December from 5.30pm.

This year everyone’s favourite Science fiction characters will be back at Dorset County Museum by popular demand. Come along to see characters from the Star Wars films and Doctor Who – and bring the children to see Father Christmas in his grotto in the Museum’s Victorian Gallery. A small donation is requested, and every child will receive a bag of goodies.

Delicious mulled wine and mince pies will be for sale in the Tea Room and the Museum shop will be open with a range of gift ideas including toys, games, books and jewellery. The current exhibition by local artist, Phyllis Wolff will be on display in the exhibition gallery and many of the works are for sale – another fantastic opportunity to pick up a very special Christmas present.

Entry to the Museum on Cracker Night is FREE and everyone is welcome. The ground floor galleries will also be open on the night.

For further information visit www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or telephone the Museum on 01305 262735.

Museum fundraising event great success

Marion Tait, Honorary Curator of the William Barnes Collection presenting a cheque for £3000 to Jon Murden, Director of Dorset County Museum.

Marion Tait, Honorary Curator of the William Barnes Collection presenting a cheque for £3000 to Jon Murden, Director of Dorset County Museum.

Staff and volunteers at Dorset County Museum are thrilled with the success of a fundraising fair held in Dorchester on 30th August.

A total of £600 was raised by the event through many home and produce stalls, children’s activities and refreshments plus a raffle and tombola. The funds were supplemented at the end of the day by a surprise donation of £3000 made anonymously. This generous donation will enable the Museum to secure an important portrait for the William Barnes Gallery – a painting of Giles Dugdale. Dugdale was a founding member of the Museum and played a crucial role in bringing the literary genius of William Barnes, Dorset’s greatest dialect poet, to light. The Museum had already received £500 from the William Barnes Society towards the purchase of the portrait. The balance of the money raised will be put towards the refurbishment of the William Barnes gallery in the Museum.

William Barnes Collection Manager, Marion Tait with Dorchester Town Crier, Alistair Chisholm who opened the fair

William Barnes Collection Manager, Marion Tait with Dorchester Town Crier, Alistair Chisholm who opened the fair

Town Crier Alistair Chisholm opened the proceedings at St Peter’s Church hall and read a poem especially written for the day. Dorset folk musician and storyteller Tim Laycock performed a range of Dorset songs to a highly appreciative audience.

Marion Tait, Honorary Curator of the William Barnes collection at the Museum organised the event together with Museum Trustee, Liz Arkell. Thanks also go to other members of the Museum, the William Barnes Society, St Peter’s church choir and the many friends and local businesses whose time and support made the event such a great success.

 

 

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Museum runs literary fundraising event

Rev. William Barnes © DCM

Rev. William Barnes © DCM

Dorset County Museum will be running a fundraising event on 30th August 2014. The event will take place between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm at St Peter’s Church hall, High West Street, Dorchester. Stalls will include home-made produce and preserves, books and bric-a-brac, a raffle and tombola and children’s clothes and toys. Refreshments will be available and there will be plenty of activities for children.

Between 11.00 am and 12.00 pm Tim Laycock, well-known folk musician, actor and storyteller will be performing Dorset music and songs.

The event will help the Museum update the William Barnes Gallery which is dedicated to Dorset’s greatest dialect poet. Some of the money will also be put 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, together with a collection of manuscripts, books and cuttings relating to William Barnes, are part of a private family collection and are being sold for £3,000.

Giles Dugdale

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

“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.
For more information about the project, or to make a donation,please contact Jenny Cripps at the Museum on jenny@dorsetcountymuseum.org

For more information please Tel: 01305 262735 or visit our website at www.dorsetcountymuseum.org.

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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 jenny@dorsetcountymuseum.org

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Please help acquire this significant painting for Dorset County Museum

Giles Dugdale

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

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.

All donations are welcome. Please speak to a member of the Museum team at Reception or contact Jenny Cripps on 01305 756823 or via email jenny@dorsetcountymuseum.org.

Thank You For Your Generous Support

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Giles Dugdale

Dorset was Giles Dugdale’s beloved home for many years. As a young man he had read for the Bar at Trinity College, Cambridge.  But his heart was not really in his studies and he chose to relinquish a legal career in favour of a literary one.

William Barnes of Dorset by Giles Dugdale

William Barnes of Dorset by Giles Dugdale

It was reading Llewelyn Powys‘ essay on ‘The Grave of William Barnes’ that first inspired Dugdale’s interest in the Dorset dialect poet.  With a nod to Powys’ work, Dugdale then published a selection of Barnes’ poems and biographical notes in a volume ‘Poems Grave and Gay’ in 1949

Dugdale’s admiration of Barnes grew with his knowledge of the poet’s works, sustaining him through his later life. In 1953, two years before his death, Dugdale wrote what is considered to be the seminal Barnes biography, ‘William Barnes of Dorset’, securing the legacy of both the subject and his biographer.

Dugdale’s other interests included art, architecture and archaeology, and he was an important member of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society.

 

Christmas at the Dorset County Museum Shop

Dorset County Museum ShopIf you are looking for inspiration for your Christmas shopping, why not try somewhere a bit different?

Dorset County Museum has a lovely gift shop full of novel ideas for people of all ages.  From toys and games for the children, to jewellery, scarves, mugs and plenty of books – there’s sure to be something for everyone.  And while you are hunting for your stocking fillers be sure to call into the Museum’s popular Tea Room for a welcome drink and slice of home-made cake.

Entry to the shop and tea room is free – opening times are 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Saturday, and until 1st February visitors can also have a look around the current exhibition The Heart that Fed, which features the work of two local artists – paintings by Nell Race and sculptures by Angelika Seik.  Most of the pieces are for sales – one of them could be perfect for that special Christmas present!

For further information please see www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or telephone 01305 262735.

 

J-STOR Now Available in the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Library

JSTORResearch minded members of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society will doubtless be pleased to learn that JSTOR, a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources ,is now available on a dedicated terminal in the Society’s Library at Dorset County Museum. This was trialled for a short period earlier this year, the feedback from which encouraged the Society to take out a full subscription.

JSTOR provides searchable access to the digitised full text content of over 1,900 journals in more than 50 disciplines, provided by more than 900 publishers and greatly expands the range of research publications and source material available at the Museum.

With such a world of resources now accessible at the click of a mouse, why not drop into the Library soon and see what you can discover…

  • If you would like to take advantage of this amazing resource why not become a member of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society.  For more information visit www.dorsetcountymuseum.org/membership