The Priest's House Museum & Garden, 23-27 High Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1HR
01202 882533  museum@priest-house.co.uk

Latest News & Events

Finds Surgery

Posted on 24 Nov 2017

Members of Dorset County Council's Historic Environment team will be at the museum on Tuesday 28 November, 10.30 to 1.00.

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Museum Closed for Essential Works on Monday 30 October

Posted on 30 Oct 2017

The museum is closed for essential works on Monday 30 October, reopening on Tuesday 31 October.

New Entrance to the Museum

Posted on 27 Oct 2017

The entrance to the museum will be moving into the Wimborne Tourist Information Centre from the beginning of November, bringing these two popular local facilities closer together. The museum will be closed on Monday 30 October to allow essential works to take place.

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Howling Halloween

Posted on 23 Oct 2017

The museum is the place to be for a 'Howling Halloween' family activity day on Tuesday 24 October from 10.00 to 2.00. This is a Family Explorers event.

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What's in a Map?

Posted on 11 Oct 2017

The museum is hosting a display by John Evans exploring the history of the local Ordnance Survey map from 9 to 21 October. John will also be giving two illustrated talks to accompany the display on Monday 16 October and Saturday 21 October at 2.30pm.

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Love Our Earth

Posted on 11 Oct 2017

The museum is the place to be for a 'Love Our Earth' family activity day on Saturday 14 October from 10.00 to 4.00.

There will be a range of self-directed art and craft activities for children. Activities include a leaf rubbing collage, paper earth pendants, earth paper plates with a 'love our earth' message, museum trail, colouring and quizzes.

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Open Weekend Update

Posted on 07 Sep 2017

The museum is taking part in Dorset Architectural Heritage Week on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September, 10.00 to 4.00, with free admission to the house, museum and garden on both days.

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Cranborne and the First World War

Posted on 01 Sep 2017

Did your ancestors live in Cranborne during the first world war? Did any of them serve in the forces? What was life like in the village? If you have any information the Priest's House Museum would like to know.

The museum is holding an event in Cranborne on Saturday 16 September as part of its project ‘The One Hundred Year Heritage of the First World War for Wimborne and East Dorset’.

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Community Open Weekend

Posted on 29 Aug 2017

The museum is taking part in Dorset Architectural Heritage Week on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September, 10.00 to 4.00, with free admission to the house, museum and garden on both days.

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Musical Mayhem

Posted on 10 Aug 2017

The museum is the place to be for a 'Musical Mayhem' family activity day on Tuesday 29 August from 10.00 to 2.00. This is a Family Explorers event.

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Sword Age, Axe Age – Viking Sagas

Posted on 05 Aug 2017

The museum and Wimborne Library host a storytelling performance by Rattlebox Theatre of tales from Viking times on Thursday 10 August. Performance times are 11am at the museum and 2pm at the library. The event is part of Sting in the Tale - A Festival of Stories (stinginthetale.org.uk).

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Vintage Garden Delights

Posted on 03 Jul 2017

Wimborne in Bloom and the Priest's House Museum Trust invite you to a delightful afternoon event at the museum on Sunday 16 July, 2 to 4pm. There will be a vintage afternoon tea, art exhibition and light entertainment, all in the beautiful walled garden of the museum.

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Special Opening for Folk Festival

Posted on 09 Jun 2017

Explore the house, museum and garden, including our new exhibition 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' over the weekend of Wimborne Minster Folk Festival, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June 10.00 to 4.30.

There will be a delicious BBQ in the garden on both days. The Garden Tea Room will be serving light savoury snacks, delicious cakes, cream teas and drinks.

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival Dance Groups will be performing in the garden during the weekend (weather
permitting):

Saturday
11.30am-12pm - Bournemouth and Christchurch U3A International Folk Dancers; Steps in Time
3.30-4pm - Martlet Sword and Morris Men; Bell's Angels

Sunday
12-12.30pm - Cuckoo's Nest; Holly Copse

Admission is just £1 for adults, with children and costumed dancers admitted FREE.

Trustee Opportunities

Posted on 02 Jun 2017

The Priest's House Museum and Garden is an award winning independent museum located in the centre of Wimborne Minster. It serves communities across East Dorset, providing a wide range of outreach activities and learning programmes.

We are currently finalising plans for a major re-development of the Museum incorporating the East Dorset Information Centre that will transform our visitor offer and enable us to reach out to and engage new audiences.

Following a governance review we are seeking to appoint up to four new Trustees to join our Trustee Board who can bring experience and skills in business management and commercial development, communications, fundraising and heritage management to help us deliver this exciting project and develop our longer term ambitions.

The role of Trustee is non-executive, providing a rewarding opportunity to use your expertise and experience to support and shape our future.

For a recruitment pack please contact Sam Hunt at henleymanor@btinternet.com.

Deadline for applications: Friday 30 June 2017

Interviews will be held on: Friday 14 July 2017

Shakespeare's 'Othello' Comes to the Priest's House

Posted on 02 Jun 2017

Dorset born SISATA present an outdoor production of Shakespeare's 'Othello' at the museum on Saturday 1 July, 6.30pm. It will be a bold, bright and brilliant explosion of a performance, giving you a feast for all your senses.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Posted on 31 May 2017

'How Does Your Garden Grow?' is a new exhibition at the museum. It appeals to green-fingered visitors of all ages, exploring the history of gardening and garden activities in East Dorset, and runs until 30 September.

The exhibition celebrates all things garden related, from planting and maintaining allotments to winning floral shows. Have you ever wanted to learn more about the history of gardening? Discover how gardens have developed from simple medieval vegetable patches to sprawling Georgian parkland. Step back in time and peek inside a wartime potting shed, complete with seedlings ready for planting.

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Where Do We Belong?

Posted on 22 May 2017

A research student, Emma Ayling, from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, in conjunction with the museum would like to hear from people who are researching their families in East Dorset, as part of a project entitled 'Belonging – performing genealogy and family history at the Priest's House Museum – untold stories'.

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What Does East Dorset Mean to You?

Posted on 22 May 2017

What is important about the area of East Dorset as a community and place to live? A research student, Emma Ayling, would like to hear from local residents and to explore how residents in East Dorset view their locality.

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Busy Bees

Posted on 15 May 2017

The museum is the place to be for a 'Busy Bees' family activity day on Tuesday 30 May from 10.00 to 2.00. This is a Family Explorers event.

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Where Do We Belong?

Posted on 28 Apr 2017

A research student, Emma Ayling, from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, in conjunction with the Priest's House Museum & Garden, The Museum of East Dorset, would like to hear from people who are researching their families in East Dorset, as part of a project entitled 'Belonging – performing genealogy and family history at the Priest's House Museum – untold stories'.

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