The Priest's House Museum & Garden, 23-27 High Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1HR
01202 882533

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6 Jan - 4 Jun 2016

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Welcome to the Museum of East Dorset

The Priest's House will continue to fulfil its role of being a lively and accessible reflection of life and society in East Dorset.
John Newth, Dorset Life - The Dorset Magazine, July 2009

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

Using collections rich in archaeology and costume, and childhood and local history material, the museum tells the story of East Dorset. Period rooms, from a 17th century hall to the working Victorian kitchen, show how life and work has changed in this historic townhouse. There are 10 galleries to explore. Displays include audio descriptions and children's activities. A beautiful walled garden, gift shop and tearoom complete any visit.

The museum works closely with the local community. They participate in the museum through volunteering, learning and family activity programmes, exhibitions, community projects and reminiscence workshops.


Learning Officer - 20 hours (some weekend working)
Salary in the range of £18,330 to £19,240 per rata
A vacancy now exists for a Learning Officer to continue what has become a successful programme with schools and families; and to develop new and innovative services which will include dementia friendly programmes.

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What's on

Alfred the Great's Family & The Minster in Wimborne
Talk and Q&A Session with Dr Alex Burghart (MA) Oxon
Sat 16 Jul, 6.30pm
Did you know of Alfred the Great's family connection to the Minster in Wimborne? Learn about the Anglo-Saxon origins of Wimborne, its history during the time of Alfred the Great and one of the most important events ever to take place in the town – a largely forgotten confrontation between Alfred's son and a contender to the throne which nearly changed the course of history. Part of the exciting new Wimborne History Festival.
Tickets £2 (available from Wimborne Tourist Information Centre or on 01202 886116)

Wimborne History Festival

Sat 16 and Sun 17 Jul
The Priest's House Museum & Garden is proud to be part of the Wimborne History Festival.
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The Hilda Coles Open Learning Centre

The Hilda Coles Open Learning Centre has been constructed along one side of the garden, and houses collection stores, a multi-functional learning and community space, a new tearoom, and visitor facilities.

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