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Tours of the Stores weekend

The weekend of the 13 and 14 September 2014 the museum celebrated Dorset Architectural Heritage Week by offering free admission to visitors and organising tours of the museum stores. The weekend proved a huge success. We ran three tours each day where visitors got a behind-the-scenes look at our new stores, the collections and an introduction to the history of the Priest's House.

Our volunteer Barbara is telling interested visitors about the history of the building during one of the guided tours
The volunteers had rallied and there were two eminent orators, Brian and Sue, who held talks on the history of the house and the collections. With over 35 000 objects making up the costume, childhood, archaeology, Victorian valentine’s cards, local history collections etc. they could have kept talking for days! The life of the museum, from important gentleman’s residence through grocer’s, stationer’s and ironmonger’s before becoming a community museum founded by Miss Hilda Coles, also prov…

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