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

Posted on 29 Aug 2017

The museum is taking part in Dorset Architectural Heritage Week on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September, 10.00 to 4.00, with free admission to the house, museum and garden on both days.

Discover the museum's 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, with flowering borders, lawns and heritage fruit trees leading down to the mill stream. The Garden Tea Room, where visitors can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink, delicious cakes, cream tea and a selection of light savoury snacks, will be open.

Explore the museum's current special exhibition 'How Does Your Garden Grow?'. There have always been two types of garden, often mixed together – a plot for vegetables, fruit and herbs for the kitchen table, and the pleasure garden with flowers and trees. This exhibition explores the history of gardening in East Dorset.

On the Saturday members of the Bankes Archive Project team will be on hand to discuss their work. Luke Dady, Project Archivist, and Emma Munn, Project Officer, will be presenting a talk entitled 'Unlocking the Bankes Archive'. The talk will include details about work done to date, highlights within the collection and the future of the project. The talk will be held at 11.00 and 2.00 on the Saturday.

For further information please contact the museum.