Sporting Exhibition

The museum has a programme of changing exhibitions in addition to its period rooms and permanent displays.

Only a Boy

April 2018

Exhibition telling the stories of two young men with their roots in Wimborne who were killed on the same day just over 100 years ago, the opening hours of the Battle of Passchendaele on the 31 July 1917. Items from the museum's collections and objects on loan from descendants of the soldiers' families have been assembled by Chris Brown, the Town Mayor's Serjant. The display shows a 'snap shot' of these two men and the tangible grief that the families had to bare.


Mar - May 2018

Exhibition exploring music, dialect and the sounds of the natural landscape.

Hats for All Occasions

Apr - 22 Dec 2018

Costume exhibition exploring how people have expressed themselves in their choice of headwear. Some hats are for protection, including an 18th century gentleman’s cap to wear at home after removing his wig! There are regulation uniform hats. Often these are still required to denote a person’s membership of a particular organisation or group. Many will remember the school boy cap, which often suffered much abuse from the wearer or other boys! Also included is a selection of children’s headwear from lacy caps to a Fair Isle beret.