Dorset Museum & Art Gallery’s vision is to inspire people everywhere to connect with 250 million years of Dorset’s stories through its world‐class collections. These include the natural world, archaeology, history, art and culture.
Founded in 1845, the museum’s literature, fine art, textiles, costume, local history, and photography collections grew over time. The Thomas Hardy collection was a major bequest in 1937.
Today the museum looks after an incredible four million objects.
Filamentous green alga (Rhizoclonium riparium) (Roth) 1849 There is more to algae than meets the eye! From: Dorset Museum & Art Gallery This sample was collected on the shoreline zone
This year’s GEM Conference centred around the theme of ambitious and quality museum programmes offering inclusive, engaging, and reflective learning for all. Alexandra Briggs, the Learning and Community Coordinator at Dorset Museum, had the opportunity to share her first hand experience.
Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.
The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.
The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!