The Priest's House Museum & Garden, 23-27 High Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1HR
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Meet the Conservator and Community Open Day

Posted on 01 Oct 2013
The museum is holding a community open day and an opportunity to meet the conservator on Saturday 12 October, 10.30 to 4, with free admission to the house and garden.

Discover the two second t-shirt fold while children can find out how to care for their doll’s clothes. Visitors can bring along a costume treasure to be properly packed to museum standards (there is a charge for this service).

Come and learn more about caring for your textile treasures and see a conservator in action, undertaking work on the day. How do you handle, pack and store them safely? What are the best ways to display them without causing damage? Is it alright to wash and iron them? What danger signs should you be looking out for? Come and have a close-up look at textiles under the microscope.

Helena Jaeschke is a professionally accredited conservator working with museums across the south west. Having trained in archaeological conservation she has spent 30 years working in the UK and overseas on a wide range of objects from fossils to modern plastics, Egyptian mummies to toy cows. Her research speciality is oriental lacquer, especially artefacts from Japan. This event has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Community Open Day is a chance to share your views about the museum, helping us to shape it for existing and new visitors. Any suggestions for improvement would be greatly appreciated - your opinions and support do make a real difference. Discover our stunning Roman wall paintings, the fascinating childhood gallery and a unique Victorian Valentine card collection as the museum tells the story of East Dorset. Explore period rooms from a 17th century hall to the working Victorian kitchen, finding out how life and work has changed in this historic townhouse. Wander through a beautiful and peaceful walled garden.

The garden tearoom will be serving hot and cold drinks and a selection of delicious cakes.

Admission is FREE. For further information please contact the museum.