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The Museum Makers group in action!

Museum Makers is a group for adults with learning disabilities at Dorset County Museum, meeting every Monday morning in term time.

The group members work together with our education team, specialist carers, artists and performers to prepare temporary exhibitions of their own creative art, use IT, photography and filming to record events, go on visits to relevant sites to collect further information and use the museum as a place for inspiration.

Over the past few years the group:

  • Has curated an exhibition called Me, Myself and  I, which looked at self identity and where we come from, and included 3D self portraits and photography.
  • Created a multi media display based on the portrait of Thomas Rackett.
  • Produced a dramatisation of Thomas Hardy's The Withered Arm, working with New Hardy Players.

Other productions include:

Heritage Lottery Funded Project

The Dorset County Museum has recently been awarded a £6,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its Museum Makers scheme.

The initiative aims to inspired those with learning disabilities by getting them to engage with the collections at the museum.

The one year project will work with local disability groups, carers, specialist artists and performers on a wide range of creative activities inspired by the museum’s desire to share the stories of Dorset’s heritage with vulnerable adults in the community.

Weekly creative sessions will include activities such as acting, music, craft making and shadow puppetry, which will result in the group producing and performing a play and a film for friends, family and the wider community to enjoy, all inspired by the museum’s collections.

Our activities can be found on the Museum Blog