'On the Trawl' - photographer Peter Smith

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


28 Jun-30 Nov 2018

An exhibition introducing four girls from Edwardian Wimborne.

Their stories are brought to life through displays, hands-on activities and Edwardian games for visitors to play in the museum garden. It picks up common themes of home and family, hobbies, and the unavoidable experience of illness and death. Though their lives are very different, these girls are united by their gender and generation.

Produced in partnership with Dorset History Centre and Kingston Lacy as part of the Unlocking the Bankes Archive project.

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Ebb 'N' Flow

Until 28 Oct 2018

A two part contemporary lace exhibition by Jane Atkinson. It examines the effects of climate change on a local landscape. The second part of the exhibition is at Walford Mill Crafts.

25th Anniversary of the Tivoli Theatre

Until 22 Dec 2018

From its earliest incarnation as a Georgian town house with a large rear garden, to the building of a state of the art cine-theatre, opening on 23 August 1936 and thriving during the Second World War and after, until its sad demise in April 1980. The display also covers the fight to save the old, then derelict building from further decay and demolition and its re-birth as a lively and well supported venue, offering live music and drama as well as top comedy performers, the latest films and satellite broadcasts.

Emphasis is put on the importance of volunteers and community support, all of which has enabled the theatre to enhance the cultural life of an already lively town, with a programme of ongoing improvements to both the building and its technical capabilities.


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

Hats for All Occasions

Until 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.

Only a Boy

An 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.