Who We Are

Priest House Museum in Wimborne

The Priest's House Museum & Garden is located in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wimborne Minster.

The museum occupies 10 rooms of a Grade II* listed historic townhouse. It has won various awards for its creative display and education programmes.

The museum offers offers a very active and lively community service managed on a highly professional basis. The museum has Accredited status.

The Priest's House Museum Trust is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. It is run by a Board of Trustees elected by Members of the Trust (the Friends).

The Trust works in partnership with East Dorset District Council, who provide financial support and maintain the fabric of the building.

The Trust's vision is the one held by its founder, Hilda Coles, who believed that the museum should be:

"...a 'live' museum - a centre of education and culture, continually changing its displays and appealing to children as well as to adults."
Hilda Coles

This vision is incorporated into the Trust's aims:

  • Improving stewardship of collections and premises.
  • Encouraging and developing lifelong learning for all.
  • Strengthening engagement with all sectors of the local community.
  • Developing a quality attraction which benefits the area.

The Priest's House Museum Collections Trust is a separate charity and owns the collections.