The museum is offering you a chance to participate in the museum’s exciting Revival Project.
The museum is offering you a chance to participate in the museum’s exciting Revival Project by giving your feedback on the plans for the redevelopment of the new galleries. Members of the public are invited to view the masterplan visuals on Saturday 21 September 2019 between 11.00am and 2.00pm. These will be displayed in a gazebo in the garden.
Whilst Greendale Construction proceeds with the alteration works throughout the museum building, the design team has been examining how the ground floor and first floor spaces will ‘work’ in terms of new galleries and exhibitions to make sure that objects in the museum’s collections can be brought to life. The museum wants to be able to display more of its collections whilst protecting sensitive collections. Each gallery space will have a unique concept and will help create a varied experience for visitors. The intention is to create a modern museum that retains the character and charm of the unique historic building whilst exploring and recording the heritage of East Dorset.
Three main interpretive themes were identified during the public consultation in 2017. These cover the major aspects of the lives of the people of East Dorset from prehistoric times to the present day:
Emma Ayling, Director of the Priest’s House Museum, said: “Our Revival Project will transform the access and facilities of the museum, provide some interesting research opportunities for volunteers in the coming months, and ensure the area’s heritage is shared more widely than ever before. Please take the opportunity to drop in and give us your views.”
The £1.6 million Revival Project will be completed during spring 2020. It is supported by £982,000 of National Lottery funding awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund; charitable foundations H B Allen Charitable Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Talbot Village Trust, The Foyle Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust, The Valentine Trust, The Georgian Group; Dorset Council; the former East Dorset District Council; Bloor Homes; Renaissance Homes; Teacher’s Building Society; The Civic Society; and the local community.
Storyteller Ursula Holden Gill to perform at the museum.
Summer garden party in the museum's beautiful walled garden.
Further research to be done on the earliest known TB skeleton in Britain.
Greendale Construction handed the keys to the Priest’s House Museum at unique event which kick-starts £700k restoration project.
The museum will be running taster activities in the museum garden.
The museum is offering behind the scenes guided tours.
'Echoes of the Past' is a promenade theatre event commemorating the temporary closure of the museum for refurbishment and development.
SISATA and Doppelganger Productions present an outdoor production of 'Feral', a new Gypsy-Folk musical drama on the timeless theme of wanderlust.
The museum is holding a family open day exploring 'Your First World War Heritage'.
Come and join in the fun with the Little Explorers activity morning.
Documentary theatre production by State of Play Arts about the impact of the Great War on people living in East Dorset.
A day of activities for all the family with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Artwork competition launched.
The museum is offering free entry in the run up to Christmas.
The museum is hosting two displays to commemorate the end of the first world war.
Mad Hatters beware! An exhibition at the museum features a wonderful collection of 44 different hats or forms of headwear.
The Victorian kitchen at the museum will be serving up Christmas Pudding.
A fun, festive concert with the Dorset Guitar Society.
A day of events to commemorate the end of the First World War.
Tivoli Theatre marks 25th anniversary with exhibition.
A 'spooktacular' family activity day.
Exciting opportunity for volunteers to help behind-the-scenes at the museum.
The museum will be visiting Hinton Martell on Thursday 11 October 2018 appealing for information from the time of the first world war.
The Trust is seeking to appoint up to three new Trustees to join the Trustee Board.
A talk that scratches the surface of the so-called 'Golden Age' and looks at how real children lived, worked and played.
The museum has been awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2018.
The museum has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £982,200 to fund improvements.
The Board of Trustees wishes to source an experienced Human Resources consultant/advisor.
The museum is celebrating Wimborne Minster Folk Festival.
A nature inspired family activity day.
Unfortunately this performance has had to be cancelled.
A family activity day to celebrate the Royal Wedding.
A new film will be screened at the museum.
A new exhibition at the museum features a wonderful collection of 44 different hats or forms of headwear.
A new exhibition tells the stories of two Wimborne men killed on the same day at the Battle of Passchendaele.
The museum's annual ticket offers so much more.
A fundraising concert for our Revival Project.
Secondhand book event at the museum.
'Little Explorers' activity morning for little ones.
Our Garden Tea Room needs the help of a few more local people.
Sponsor a Victorian Valentine Card as an unusual Valentine's Day gift!
Learning Officer (25 hours).
Help a new project.
Fun filled family activity day of Christmas themed art and craft.
Community Fundraising Day on Saturday 9 December.
Dorset County Council's Historic Environment team will be at the museum on Tuesday 28 November.
The entrance to the museum is now via the Tourist Information Centre.
Family activity day on Tuesday 24 October.
History of the local Ordnance Survey map.
We would like to hear from people who are researching their families in East Dorset.
Family friendly fun event.
Find out how you can get involved.
Please donate your books to the Priests House Museum second hand book shop. This is a great way to support your local community and all proceeds fund projects within the Museum.