The Museum is technically in its closed period but we have too much to show to worry about that. Events this month include:
- Christmas Coffee Morning: Saturday 3 December, 10.00am-noon
- Winter Talk #3 – The Netherbury Witch (Brian Earl): Tuesday 13 December, 2.30pm
- Art exhibition 12-21 December, 10am to 4pm daily
- Beaminster Gallery Quire Christmas Concert: Saturday 17 December, 7.30pm
The shop will be open whenever the doors are open so if you have still not got your copy of the very popular work, The Pulse, by Brian and Bridie, then that will be your chance. Why not come on Saturday 3rd and have a coffee at the same time?
We look forward as ever to the Gallery Quire concert. Tickets for this annual event are best purchased in advance.
Finally, we are hosting an exhibition of paintings by Kate Ackerley, Dorset Begins. Entrance is free and all are welcome, 12-21 December.
Interviewer Katy Ashman from Abbey 104 FM was warmly welcomed by Curator Brian Earl when she came to discuss Life Below Stairs, one of our two special 2016 exhibitions. As can be heard on the Abbey104 podcast Katy really enjoyed our ‘lovely little gem of a museum’. In the Local World programme, Brian selects a great story from the exhibition about a driver at Hooke Court. Of course, there are many more stories for visitors to discover! Thank you, Katy, and Abbey104, we look forward to seeing you again.
Part of the fun of social history lies in noting the similarities between people ‘then’ and ‘us now’. The Census exhibition shows that the temptation to be economical with the truth for official records is far from a modern phenomenon…
We are very fortunate in having Nick Tett and his team working in their premises in Beaminster Square but did you know of the 19th century Beaminster butcher who became a Master Butcher working at Smithfield Market in London? Come to the museum to find out more.
There is so much to see and do in the museum this weekend. There are even instructions on how to amaze your Easter guests with elaborately folded napkins.
Unfortunately, our housemaids are not available for hire but they assure us designs such as this are relatively simple to achieve. For post-dining entertainment, we can also offer The Dorset Puzzle Book, new this season and a real bargain at only £3 per copy with puzzles to suit all members of the family.
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?
Our 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.
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.
Have you picked up your form for the Treasure Hunt? If not, download it now from here and have fun! treasurehuntform
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