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 or telephone the Museum on 01305 262735.

Landscape and Identity: An exhibition by artist Phyllis Wolff

Brownsea Island by Phyllis Wolff

Brownsea Island by Phyllis Wolff © 2014

Dorset County Museum is delighted to welcome back Dorset artist Phyllis Wolff in November of this year. Phyllis has exhibited at the Museum before and the new exhibition promises to be her most exciting to date.

Landscape and Identity will contain about 80 paintings based around the concept of the identity which Dorset’s rural landscape establishes within the artist and the connection this makes with the work itself.

“Phyllis’ paintings are incredibly vibrant – full of life and colour – and represent the best of contemporary artists working in Dorset today,” said Jon Murden, Director of Dorset County Museum. “We look forward to seeing her work back in the Museum and are sure this exhibition will be as successful as the last one.”

Phyllis Wolff has lived and painted in north Dorset for nearly 40 years. She moved there soon after graduating from St Martins’ School of Art in the 1970s to be closer to the landscape which she wanted to paint. That is precisely what she has done, more or less consistently, since that time.

Phyllis has been described as a 21st Century impressionist – her Dorset garden is a rich source of inspiration to her. She paints with spontaneity and immediacy, diving into her work and suffusing it with life and colour, making it all look very easy. The use of abstracted brushstrokes and painterly marks all help to create her very distinctive and beautiful paintings.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a selection of greetings cards and a booklet on sale in the Museum shop. Entry to the exhibition is FREE.

Dorset County Museum is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Phyllis Wolff: Landscape and Identity will run from Saturday 22nd November until 24th December 2014 and is the perfect opportunity to find that very special Christmas present!

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