Opening for 2016 season tomorrow

Set designers at work

Set designers at work

As ever, our team of display set-creators has been very hard at work ensuring that the new season exhibitions are shown at their best and that the permanent exhibits are spruced up. Doors open tomorrow at 10.30 a.m.  Remember, accompanied children under 16 are free. We look forward to seeing you.  Maybe you can find out more about your local family history by exploring the Census exhibition?

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Re-opening on Good Friday

CensusOur doors open again to the public on Friday 25th March.  The permanent exhibitions have been refreshed and for this season we start with two new temporary exhibitions:

  • Census – showing how the population changes within the locality over the decades
  • Life Below Stairs – a look at domestic service in and around Beaminster in the 19th and early 20th centuries. BelowStairs



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Winter 2016

We are now closed for the Winter but that does not mean we have stopped work!  We are preparing our new season’s exhibitions, carrying out essential maintenance and, of course, hosting our popular Winter talks. The shop is also available either online or by contacting us in person.

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Treasure Hunt


Have you picked up your form for the Treasure Hunt?  If not, download it now from here and have fun! treasurehuntform

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New Exhibitions for 2015

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Back to School and William Rhodes-Moorhouse (VC) Exhibitions

Friday 3 April – Sunday 1 November

Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Bank Holidays 10.30am–4.00pm, and Sundays 2.00pm–4.30pm

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Dates for the Diary


 Friday 3 April: 10.30 am  Museum opens for the 2015 season

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Book Sale – 7 March

Book Sale 2015

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World War 1 Exhibition

World War 1 Home and Away: Lest We Forget

WW1 ExhibitionExperience our new exciting exhibition.

Walk back in time and see how troops were recruited, what life was like at home and our re-creation of a First World War trench.

There are the stories of  local men from Beaminster and the local area who gave their lives in World War 1.

There’s a lot to see.

Open from Saturday 19 July – Sunday 2 November

Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday and Bank Holidays 10.30 am – 1 pm and 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm. Sunday – 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm.


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BBC Spotlight – ‘Rubbish’

BBC Spotlight features Beaminster Museum ‘Rubbish’ Exhibition

Michael Dower and Simon Clemison preparing

Planning the interview

Rubbish was the subject under discussion at the Museum on Saturday 26th April 2014 when the BBCSpotlight tv team, headed by Simon Clemison, arrived to find out what the badgers had unearthed.  The filming took all morning and started with a briefing session in which Professor Michael Dower explained the nature of the exhibits. Curator Brian Earl took the opportunity to explain the context of the exhibition and why the Peasehill dump is an important, time-limited, snapshot of Beaminster’s inter-war years rubbish disposal habits.

Curator Brian Earl explaining

Brian Earl explaining

The camera crew also took the opportunity to take shots of the artwork produced for the exhibition by the children of Broadwindsor School before heading out to take location shots of the badger setts where the dump was found.

DSCN4801Later, everyone agreed it had been an interesting experience and good publicity for the Museum especially as it was aired on one of the key tourism days in the South West, the day of the Padstow HobbyHorse, when many visitors would be watching the news.

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All Change

The winter close season has probably been the busiest in the history of the museum. Many existing displays have been revamped and/or relocated, new ‘permanent’ displays prepared and the 2014 season’s ‘temporary’ exhibitions prepared and mounted.

Come and see the results of these exciting changes.

New to the Museum: Water, Rubbish, Drawing Inspiration (landscape changes), Richard Hine, Flax and Hemp, Police, Cathy Freeman (the Australian Aboriginal 400 metres gold medal winner descended from a local family).

Moved and revamped exhibitions: Domestic Life, Workhouse, War, Pubs & Inns, Transport, Horn Hill Tunnel, Trades and Crafts, Technology.

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