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The Smuggler and the Singer

Posted on 30 Jul 2014
The museum is the venue for Tim Laycock's storytelling performance of 'The Smuggler and the Singer' on Friday 15 August, 7.30pm, full of local yarns, rollicking folk songs and curious tales. Tim Laycock will weave the stories, songs and lives of two very different Wimborne residents into a compelling and entertaining evening of local history, folklore, anecdote and traditional song, specially created for the museum and the Sting in the Tale Festival of Stories. The activities of the famous Dorset smuggler, Isaac Gulliver, encompassed the county. Stories of his exploits come from Christchurch in the east to Devon in the west and as far north as Cranborne Chase. Similarly, the folk song collectors, Henry and Robert Hammond, spread their net wide, discovering singers and traditional songs all over Dorset. Isaac retired into respectability in Wimborne, where he died in 1822 and is buried in Wimborne Minster. Eighty years later the Hammond brothers met William Bartlett in Wimborne workhouse. He was to become one of their most important singers, contributing 39 songs to their collection. Tim Laycock is a Dorset-based actor, folk musician and storyteller. He has performed many times for the Sting in the Tale Festival. Tim is currently artist-in-residence for the National Trust at the Hardy Country properties Max Gate, Hardy's Birthplace and Cloud's Hill. This year Tim was composer and musical director of Dorchester's 6th community play, 'Drummer Hodge', and he is currently directing and appearing in The New Hardy Players' production of 'Wessex Scenes', which comes to the Tivoli on Wednesday 24 September. Tickets for 'The Smuggler and the Singer' are priced at Adult £6, Child £4, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £18, and include entrance to the museum. The house and museum will be open from 6.45pm. Refreshments can be purchased from the garden tearoom, which will be open before the performance and during the interval. Booking is essential as places are limited. The museum's annual pass is not valid for this event. The performance is suitable for adults, families and children aged 7 years and over. Tickets are available from Wimborne Tourist Information Centre or by telephoning 01202 886116. This event is part of the Sting in the Tale Festival of Stories. Further details can be found at If you would like any further information please contact the museum.