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Posted: Aug 31, 2018

Community Open Weekend

Free entry with activities throughout the weekend, part of Dorset Architectural Heritage Week and Heritage Open Days.

Roman soldier

The museum is taking part in Dorset Architectural Heritage Week and Heritage Open Days on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2018, 10am to 4pm, 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.

There will be a range of children's activities with Edwardian childhood garden games, crafts and activities to experience. Try your hand at dry flower pressing or rag rug making.

Discover life on the home front with recipes from the period and test your knowledge with our First World War quiz.

Do you have any family stories of life during the First World War? Visit our First World War project stand. 'The One Hundred Year Heritage of the First World War for Wimborne and East Dorset' project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The museum is appealing for information about the people from East Dorset who served in the armed forces. It is also looking for stories and experiences that reveal life on the home front. Are there any surviving letters, diaries, postcards, photographs, medals or other artefacts that local families have kept?

If you are interested in researching a family member's involvement in the conflict and would like help discovering more, advice and guidance can be provided.

Discover 'Only a Boy', a display commemorating the lives of two young soldiers from Wimborne.

There will also be guided tours of the historic townhouse over the weekend. This is the last chance to explore and learn about the history of this important building before it closes at the end of the year for an exciting refurbishment programme, reopening in spring 2020. The National Lottery has awarded a grant of £982,200 towards the museum's £1.6 million Revival Project.

For further information please contact the museum.

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