Dorset Museum

Founded in 1845, Dorset Museum is currently closed for a major transformation project. The Victorian Hall and other existing spaces are being refurbished, and an intriguing new infill building will double the museum’s floor space.

A suite of inspirational new galleries will collectively tell the story of 250 million years of Dorset’s history, and display collections of national and international significance for the first time. The collections range from geology to Roman remains, Victorian life to Wessex literature.

Wild Life in the Red

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Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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