The Priest's House Museum & Garden, 23-27 High Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1HR
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Sallys Marvellous May Activities

Posted on 20 May 2013
The museum is located in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wimborne Minster. 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. Displays include audio descriptions and children's activities. Wander through a beautiful and peaceful walled garden. Our gift shop and tearoom complete any visit.

From the 25 May to 1 June, Monday to Saturday, ‘Sally’s Marvellous May Activities’ will offer a range of self-directed craft activities as part of your visit.

The museum’s new Open Learning Centre (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) includes a multi-purpose learning and community space in addition to our new tearoom where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink, including a choice of coffees, and a selection of delicious cakes or a cream tea.

The museum has a regular programme of changing exhibitions. ‘The Games We Used to Play’ showcases more of the wonderful childhood collection that the museum has developed over the years. There will be chance to reminisce about games and the appetite for adventure outside the home, along with much loved toys. Explore how we learn through play, and discover how new materials and technology have transformed our toys and games.

‘Suits You Sir’ explores the changing face of menswear. Up until the 1950s a person was often judged by the clothes he wore. There were strict rules as to when, where and what to wear at any given occasion. Even during hot weather a man was expected to wear his jacket in the presence of a lady and had to politely ask if he could remove it. A person’s job still dictates what can and cannot be worn. The displays feature a gentleman’s embroidered velvet waistcoat (circa 1900), a tie press (to remove any unsightly creases), a three piece suit with flared trousers and a double-breasted suit (2008).

The museum is open from the 29 March to 2 November, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm. Standard admission tickets are now valid for 12 months; with the exception of some special events and ticketed events, you can use your ticket to visit as many times as you like during normal opening hours.

If you would like any further information please contact the museum.