Summer Offer links two Dorchester Museums

The KeepSave money on joint visits to both Dorset County Museum and The Keep Military Museum during summer 2014.

Dorchester’s two traditional Museums are combining their forces in a special money-off deal for visitors to the county town.

From Saturday 24th May until Saturday 30th August 2014, a visit to either Dorset County Museum or The Keep Military Museum will automatically give visitors £1.50 off the adult price for the other museum.

This offer is a brand new initiative in an ongoing series of joint activities between the two museums which will also include a new range of learning opportunities for schools and other interested groups.

“We have wanted to run a joint entry deal for a while now, and this summer seemed the perfect time to do it.” said Jon Murden of Dorset County Museum. “Visitors will simply retain their first till receipt or voucher to receive a money-off deal in the second museum they visit – both visits will have to be made between 24 May and 30 August to qualify.”

Chris Copson, Curator of The Keep Military Museum said, “We want people to feel that they can justify visiting more than just one of the museums in Dorchester. If this offer results in more people finding out about the military and general history of Dorchester and the surrounding areas we will be very happy.”

Dorset County Museum’s Rachel Cole explains how both museums are also linking together with a World War I theme in the summer. “We are running an important exhibition, A Dorset Woman at War, from 31st May and The Keep will be opening a brand new Trench display in a few weeks. As our museums are just a few minutes’ walk apart, we want to encourage visitors to visit and benefit from not just one, but both of these important experiences.”

With visitors anticipated to be particularly interested in attractions with a First World War theme this summer, both Museums feel that this is the perfect time for such a collaboration.

Student concert at Dorset County Museum

Thomas Hardye School at Dorset County MuseumA lunchtime concert taking place on 26th February provides the chance to listen to music makers of the future.

A Level students from Thomas Hardye School will be giving a FREE concert at Dorset County Museum on Wednesday 26th February as part of their studies – it is an opportunity for them to perform to a live audience, and for visitors to hear music from potential star performers of tomorrow.

Museum director Jon Murden said, “We always enjoy working with Thomas Hardye School and hope that people will come along to support these local students as they progress with their musical careers.” Marketing Manager Rachel Cole added, “The students put such a lot of effort into their performances and the Victorian Hall is a perfect venue; it’s a privilege to have them here.”

The concert is FREE although the Museum encourages donations. It takes place on 26th February at 1.00 pm and will last for approximately one hour. A further concert by Hardye students will be performed at lunchtime on Wednesday 19th March.

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