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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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Family Fun and Share Your Views

Posted on 27 Apr 2017

The museum is holding a family friendly fun event to celebrate its blossoming garden during the spring time on Saturday 29 April. Entrance will be free between 10.00 and 4.00 and from 12.00 there is a chance to take part in children’s activities and tours around the garden, including tombola, plant a seed and an egg hunt. This event has been planned by two students volunteering from Bournemouth and Poole College, working with the museum.

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Volunteers Needed

Posted on 21 Apr 2017

The museum and Wimborne Tourist Information Centre are holding an information session at the museum for new volunteers on Thursday 27 April at 2.30pm. The session is being organised as part of 'Discover Wimborne', an initiative by Wimborne BID.

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Little Explorers

Posted on 10 Apr 2017

The museum is providing a fun filled morning for little ones on Tuesday 18 April from 10.00 to 12.00.

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Volunteers Needed

Posted on 27 Mar 2017

The museum and Tourist Information Centre are holding information sessions at the museum for new volunteers at 10.00 on 7 and 27 April 2017. The sessions are being organised as part of 'Discover Wimborne', an initiative by Wimborne BID.

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Have Your Say

Posted on 23 Mar 2017

The museum is inviting you, the public, to share your views on the museum and how it can be developed for the future. The museum is keen to know your opinions about the building, and the services and facilities that it currently offers. Two Open Days have been arranged: A Community Open Day on Saturday 1 April open to the public, 10.00 to 4.00 A Family Open Day on Saturday 8 April aimed at parents, grandparents and children, 2.00 to 4.00

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Finds Surgery

Posted on 23 Mar 2017

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

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Volunteers Needed

Posted on 03 Mar 2017
The museum is holding an information session for new volunteers at 10.00am on Thursday 9 March 2017. The museum needs people who are interested in helping in the Tea Room, Tourist Information Centre and Learning Team.
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Book Bonanza

Posted on 02 Mar 2017
A secondhand book fair will be held at the museum on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March, 10am to 3pm. A vast array of books will be available for purchase covering a variety of topics, including some collectable editions.
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Tommy's Sisters

Posted on 02 Mar 2017
A film and performance about life in Dorset in 1916 is coming to Wimborne's Royal British Legion on Friday 17 March at 7.30pm. Tommy's Sisters tells the moving story of life on the home front through the eyes of four women and a girl.
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