All the fun of a Victorian Fayre at the Dorset County Museum

The Victorian Fayre last year at the Dorset County Museum

The Victorian Fayre last year at the Dorset County Museum

On Sunday 21st February, from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, the Dorset County Museum opens its doors for the second year running to a traditional Victorian Fayre to celebrate the birthday of William Barnes, Dorset dialect poet. This FREE event will offer something for all the family.

Stalls will include traditional crafts and gifts and the chance to learn rural skills. There will be Maypole dancing for the children as well as popular parlour games.

The friends of the William Barnes Society and Tim Laycock, well-known folk musician, actor and storyteller will provide traditional singing, music, dance and poetry reading throughout the afternoon.

Frome Valley Morris Mummer

Frome Valley Morris Mummer

The Frome Valley Morris Men will perform the Mummers and Hoodening play. The event would not be complete without a raffle, quiz and a Victorian afternoon tea.

Marion Tait, Honorary Curator of the William Barnes Gallery and Archive said that last year the Victorian Fayre was a huge success and was hoping for a repeat performance.

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

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William Barnes celebrated at Museum’s Victorian Fayre

Dorset County Museum Victorian FayreOn Sunday 22nd February 2015, the Dorset County Museum’s Victorian Hall was transformed into a traditional Victorian Fayre to celebrate the birthday of Dorset dialect poet William Barnes. The atmosphere was full of hustle and bustle with numerous stalls from traditional crafts to popular parlour games; Victorian paperboy selling his broadsheets and a demonstration of net making and other rural skills. The museum’s Tea Room worked flat out to provide Victorian afternoon tea for 350 visitors.

The Language of Flowers proved to be really popular with people queueing to create their own style Nosegays and Tussie Mussies with fresh flowers. Likewise the demonstration on creating Dorset Buttons saw very enthusiastic folk fashion their own design.

Net Making

Sue Worth of The New Hardy Players demonstrates Net Making

The Herb stall gave an informative look into culinary and medicinal uses of that period.
The fantastic display of hand-made bonnets drew quite a crowd as did the dining table which depicted the difference between the gentry and the rural labourers.

The children had their own entertainment including pin the tail on the donkey, making little peg dolls, a variety of toys to buy and dressing up in period costume.

Musician and Storyteller Tim Laycock captivated the audience of his portrayal of a teacher in a Victorian classroom. Whilst fellow members of the William Barnes Society and The New Hardy Players entertained all with music, song, poetry and country dancing which was enjoyed by people of all ages.

Alastair Simpson and the Cantate Rustique choir

Alastair Simpson and the Cantate Rustique Choir

Alastair Simpson conducted the Cantate Rustique choir to perform four pieces: Ralph Vaughan Williams’s famous Linden Lea; a setting of The Lew O’ the Rick by the blind organist of Shaftesbury, F. F. Coaker, from the 1950s; a 2002 work by Peter Lord, Come; and Alastair’s own harmonisation of the folk musician Tim Laycock’s touching melody to the words of Barnes’s grief-stricken poem The Wife a-Lost, the last being a premiere.

William Barnes Collection Curator, Marion Tait said “This was a hugely successful and amazing event where all had a great time at the Victorian Fayre raising over £600 towards the redevelopment of the museum’s William Barnes’ Gallery.”


 

A huge thank you to Battens Solicitors, Dorchester, for sponsoring the event and a special thank you to all volunteers who took part in the Victorian Fayre and celebrating William Barnes Birthday

  • Alastair Simpson and Cantate Rustique
  • Alistair Chisholm
  • Friends and family

Thank you to the following businesses for supporting the William Barnes Collection.

  • Dorset Flower Men, Dorchester Precinct
  • Bridget, Fruit and Vegetable stall, Dorchester market
  • Beth King, Tolpuddle

Is your Turkey Cooked Victorian Style

Dorset County Museum volunteer, Marion Tate and Stuart Jury stand outside County Town Butchers

Dorset County Museum volunteer, Marion Tate and Stuart Jury stand outside County Town Butchers

A splendid turkey has been kindly donated by County Town Butchers, Stuart Jury, to play centre stage at the display of a Victorian dinner. The Countess Elizabeth invites you to view an informal dinner party, only five-six courses, on Sunday 22nd February from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at the Victorian Fayre, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester.

At the Fayre children and adults can also experience a whole range of activities which will include learning about life in Victorian times from classroom lessons reciting Dorset dialect words to traditional rural crafts. There will be demonstrations of Dorset buttons, making bonnets, perfumery and net making. A variety of stalls will include Victorian children’s toys and popular parlour games. Have your photograph taken in Victorian costume as a memento of a very special day. There will also be a Victorian Tea as well as a raffle and quiz.

Tim Laycock, well-known folk musician, actor and storyteller and other performers will provide traditional singing, music, dance and poetry reading throughout the afternoon.

This fundraising event is free and offers members of the public an afternoon of live demonstrations, entertainment and stalls. The funds raised from the fayre will go towards the refurbishment of the Museum’s William Barnes collection and gallery which is dedicated to Dorset’s greatest dialect poet.

We are very grateful to Battens Charitable Trust which has sponsored this event

The Victorian Fayre takes place at 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Sunday 22nd February. The event is FREE but donations are welcome and all are welcome to attend.  For further information please see www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or telephone 01305 262735.

All the fun of a Victorian Fayre at the Dorset County Museum

Victorian Fayre at Dorset County MuseumThe Dorset County Museum will be hosting a Victorian Fayre on Sunday 22nd February from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

This fundraising event is free and offers members of the public an afternoon of live demonstrations, entertainment and stalls.

Children and adults will experience a whole range of activities which will include learning about life in Victorian times from classroom lessons reciting Dorset dialect words to traditional rural crafts. There will be demonstrations of Dorset buttons, making bonnets, perfumery and net making. A variety of stalls will include Victorian children’s toys and popular parlour games. There will also be a Victorian Tea as well as a raffle and quiz.

Tim Laycock, well-known folk musician, actor and storyteller and other performers will provide traditional singing, music, dance and poetry reading throughout the afternoon.

The funds raised from the fayre will go towards the refurbishment of the Museum’s William Barnes collection and gallery which is dedicated to Dorset’s greatest dialect poet.

We are very grateful to Battens Charitable Trust which has sponsored this event

The Victorian Fayre takes place at 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Sunday 22nd February. The event is FREE but donations are welcome and all are welcome to attend.  For further information please seewww.dorsetcountymuseum.org or telephone 01305 262735.

IGNITE! Christmas Geology Event at Museum

Fossil FishA lively Geology group meets monthly at Dorset County Museum throughout the year. In December the meeting will take the form of four quick-fire lectures from well-known local geologists accompanied by a range of seasonal refreshments.

Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to the Christmas event, Ignite! which takes place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 10th December in the Museum’s Victorian Hall.

Speakers on the night include Richard Edmonds, Jurassic Coast Earth Science Manager, Alan Holiday, Doreen Smith and Purbeck stone expert Dr Treleven Haysom. The talks will cover topics from recent storm damage on the Jurassic Coast to the contents of Trev’s Shed.

Free mulled wine or hot apple juice will be provided together with mince pies made from a top-secret recipe. Everyone is welcome – this is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the group in a welcoming and informal setting.

The event is FREE of charge but a donation of £3.00 is encouraged to cover costs. For further information please see www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or telephone 01305 262735.

New Art Exhibition by local artist Carolyn Fields

Durdle Door by Carolyn Fields

Durdle Door by Carolyn Fields © 2014

From the 24th February to 21st June 2014, A brand new exhibition of pastel paintings by a local artist opens on Monday 24th February at Dorset County Museum.

Carolyn Fields lives in Dorchester but was born in Singapore and brought up in Scotland. She is a science teacher but spends her spare time painting. Her pictures are beautiful pastel paintings of many of the most recognisable of Dorset’s landmarks including Portland Bill, Kimmeridge Bay and Durdle Door.

Clavell Tower, Kimmeridge Bay by Carolyn Fields

Clavell Tower, Kimmeridge Bay by Carolyn Fields © 2014

Carolyn said, “I share a love of pastel painting with my mother who is also an artist. I have painted in Italy and Ireland but am most at home painting the Dorset landscape, in particular the Jurassic Coast.”

Carolyn’s paintings will be exhibited in the Museum’s popular Tea Room and every piece will be for sale. For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735. Entry to the exhibition is FREE.

FREE entry to Dorchester County Museum extended

Dorset County Museum Victorian Gallery

The restoration of the parquet floor in the Victorian Gallery © DCM 2014

There is a bonus for visitors to Dorset County Museum, as continuing work in the Victorian Gallery means two more days of FREE entry.

Although the major work has now been completed, the special finish applied to the wooden flooring needs a further 72 hours to dry. The Victorian Gallery will therefore have to remain closed to visitors for an additional two days next week. All other galleries are open and the current exhibition of paintings and sculpture, The Heart That Fed, runs until 1st February.
Entry to the Museum will be completely FREE until 4pm on Tuesday 28th January, so don’t miss this special opportunity to view the collections and galleries.  The shop and tea room are also open.

Jon Murden, director of Dorset County Museum said,

“The work is largely finished but the protective coating needs a bit longer to dry completely. We hope everyone will notice a huge difference when they see the new floor, and it will provide the gallery with all the protection it needs for many years.  The floor has now been returned to its original splendour as envisaged in George Crickmay’s mind in 1883.  The mosaics are set off spectacularly.” He added, “Visitors will still be able to see most of the Victorian Gallery from the Dorchester Gallery above it – so this opportunity is too good to miss.  ”

Museum hours are 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday.

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

 

 

FREE entry to Dorset County Museum

Dorset County Museum's Victorian Gallery taken at last years Museum at Night Event

Dorset County Museum’s Victorian Gallery taken at last years Museum at Night Event © DCM

Dorset County Museum will be closing its main hall, the Victorian Gallery, for one week only from Monday 20th January. This is to enable major repairs to be carried out to the original Victorian wooden floor which has suffered damage from many years of visitors’ feet and general wear and tear.

The good news is that the Museum will not need to close its other galleries, and entry will be free of charge for the whole week to take account of the disruption which will inevitably follow from the works.

So for people wanting a free visit to the Museum (but happy to miss out on one section) this is an excellent opportunity to save some much needed money after Christmas! Entry will therefore be completely FREE to all visitors for one week only, from Monday 20th to Saturday 25th January. It is envisaged that the Museum will be fully open again from Monday 27th January.

The Museum‘s gift shop and popular tea room will be unaffected by the work and visitors are always welcome to come in for a look around and sit down with a cup of tea. In addition the current exhibition, The Heart that Fed, will also be open and many of the paintings and sculptures on show there are still for sale.

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