Be part of Thomas Hardy’s story (support our Crowdfunder)

Thomas Hardy was one of the greatest English writers of the Victorian era – here’s your chance to become part of his story. Our blockbuster Hardy exhibition will run across our four museums in summer 2022 – the largest collection of Hardy objects ever displayed at one time.  

As part of the project, we are gathering objects from our museum stores, some never before put on public display. 

Through a Crowdfunder appeal, we are aiming to raise £5,000 towards the specialist work needed to put on this ambitious exhibition. By donating to the appeal, you’ll not only become part of this exciting project, but you’ll also have access to a range of rewards, including a behind-the-scenes video, a newly commissioned map of Wessex by artist, Robin Mackenzie, a copy of our new Hardy guidebook, and a personal tour of one of the exhibitions by our Hardy curator, Harriet Still. 

Harriet said: “Hardy found his inspiration in the landscapes and people of Wessex, but he was also passionate about issues such as women’s equality, animal welfare and the unfairness of the English class system. 

“As part of the project, I was tasked with exploring the museum stores and finding objects that gave insights into Hardy’s complex personality. It was a magical voyage of discovery and it will be wonderful to share this fascinating treasure trove with our visitors.” 

One of the patrons for the exhibition is Dorset folk musician and artistic director of the New Hardy Players, Tim Laycock. He said:

“As a folk musician living and working in Dorset, my personal and performing lives have been hugely enriched by the writings and the music of Thomas Hardy and his family. I’m delighted to be a patron for this wonderful exhibition, which will cast new light on the great storyteller of Wessex, thrill confirmed admirers of his novels and poetry, and introduce thousands of people to the real and imagined worlds of Thomas Hardy. Please help us to make it happen!”

The Crowdfunder runs from 29 October to 3 December 2021. Find out more and donate here.

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