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Under the Surface: Paintings and carvings  by David West

For the very first time this exhibition brings together 70 of David West’s most important works from both private and public collections. Spanning sixty years, it reflects the different strands of his development as a painter, sculptor and craftsman, deftly illustrating the progression and interaction between his use of paint and wood, in what is a landmark exhibition for this Dorset artist.

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Art of Christine Rogers

11 September 2017 to the 6 January 2018

Christine is a local Dorset Artist and has worked as a Graphic designer for most of her career.  She has gone back to her roots as an artist after the beautiful land and seascapes that inspired her to put down the computer mouse and pick up the brushes

Entry to the tea room is FREE

Wessex Museums Spotlight Loan Tour

For the next twelve months five leading museums of the Wessex Museums Partnership Dorset County Museum, Poole Museum, Russel-Cotes Gallery and Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum will be sharing the story of Wessex in the wider world by showcasing an artefact from their own outstanding collections to the other partner museums.

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DCM / Jonathan Gooding 2014

Katherine Hardy's Dress

Dorset County Museum’s textile archive includes a significant collection of clothing originally owned by Thomas Hardy’s family. Among the pieces is a stunning red bustle dress worn by his sister Katharine.

Until now most of the collection has remained in storage but a generous grant from the Daphne Bullard Trust has enabled the dress to be specially prepared and placed on display in the Museum’s Writers Gallery.


Swanage Crocodile

A 140 million year old crocodile found on the Jurassic Coast is now on display at the museum's Jurassic Coast Gallery.