The Priest's House Museum & Garden, 23-27 High Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1HR
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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.

Visitors will be able to meet a Roman soldier. Our soldier will be kitted out in Roman legionary uniform and displaying equipment as used at a large Roman fort. Visitors will discover what it is like to wear and maintain a full military kit.

On the Saturday members of the Bankes Archive Project team will be on hand to discuss their work. Luke Dady, Project Archivist, and Emma Munn, Project Officer, will be presenting a talk entitled 'Unlocking the Bankes Archive'. The talk will include details about work done to date, highlights within the collection and the future of the project. The talk will be held at 11.00 and 2.00 on the Saturday.

On the Sunday John Evans will be at the museum to talk about the retail shops and employment in Wimborne from 1920 to 1960. After the first world war self employment was widespread, declining in the 1940s. By 1950 the social and economic structure had changed due to the second world war. The 1960s saw a period of rebuilding and the arrival of multiple chains in the town. John will give an illustrated talk using photographs and postcards at 11.00 and 2.00 on the Sunday.

Explore the museum's current special exhibition 'How Does Your Garden Grow?'. There have always been two types of garden, often mixed together – a plot for vegetables, fruit and herbs for the kitchen table, and the pleasure garden with flowers and trees. This exhibition explores the history of gardening in East Dorset.

For further information please contact the museum.