Museum visited by over 2,000 school children in 2015

School Group at Dorset County Museum -® Jonathan North  -DCM 2015

This year Dorset County Museum has been visited by 56 schools – that’s more than 2,000 school children through the front doors.

Many of these children are local, but the museum also attracts schools from further afield – this year we’ve even had a class from Germany, and 10 pupils all the way from Singapore!

Emma Talbot, Head of Education and Learning at the Museum says, “It is fabulous to see so many children actively engaging with Dorset’s past. We offer a programme for schools that is creative, fun and hands on as well as being linked to the national curriculum. Our tour guides are all volunteers and do an amazing job making history come alive for the children. We couldn’t offer this service without them and I can’t thank them enough.”

Class Teacher, Sasha Jones of Milborne St Andrew First School commented after a recent visit “The assistance we received from all staff and volunteers was excellent. The activities available were perfectly in line with what we have been learning, and the children had a fantastic day and learnt a lot which resulted in some beautiful writing. It was a great opportunity for the children to see and touch real Iron Age and Roman artefacts – and they loved eating their lunch on a real Roman mosaic too!”

With a brand new Ancient Dorset Gallery, Dorset County Museum can offer the following educational sessions: Dinosaurs & Fossils; Archaeology; Stone Age to Iron Age; Roman Dorset; a visit to The Roman Town House. All guides are knowledgeable and experienced, and children can handle objects.

If you’d like to find out more or book a session in 2016 for your school, contact Emma Talbot on 01305 756832, or email her at or visit the Dorset County Museum website for more details

Hunting Mammoth and Early Humans in Dorset by Dr. Matt Pope

Dorset has an untapped fossil record of early Stone Age archaeology and vertebrate remains. In this talk, this potential set against the wider early Stone Age record of the English Channel region, covering themes of human evolution, climate and sea level change.

Geology Panels Triptych No.3 by Kenneth Hatts - Dorset County Museum © 2015

Geology Panels Triptych No.3 by Kenneth Hatts – Dorset County Museum © 2015

The ancient landscape of Dorset and its potential to deliver new finds, new data and perspectives on the earliest archaeological records of North West Europe will be outlined in particular the site of Dewlish, will be introduced and its importance in finding the evidence for the first humans in the region will be discussed.

‘Hunting Mammoth and Early Humans in Dorset’ by Dr. Matt Pope is a FREE talk is open to all. To cover costs, a small donation of £3.00 is encouraged. The talk will take place in the Museum’s Victorian Gallery on Friday 6th November, 7.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm).

For further information contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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