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June/July 2016

Thatched Hut A small thatched hut was created by Ben Collyns, inside the Museum’s Gardner Gallery over the Thatching Weekend on Spring Bank Holiday - a unique and remarkable event!.

Made from Somerset combed wheat and coppiced willow, it will remain in situ for two months before being dismantled.

Come and experience the feel and smell of thatch, including the sight of the craftwork close up.

The hut complements our permanent exhibition of thatching tools belonging to master thatcher Simon Garrett elsewhere in the gallery.

Sherborne Remembers

Remembrance Poppy Sherborne Remembers is an ongoing project to examine and record the impact of the First World War upon the town of Sherborne and its neighbouring villages. Volunteers are currently in the process of compiling detailed biographies for each of the men recorded on the Sherborne town memorial, and aim to bring them together for publication in due course. It is anticipated that the biographies will contain details such as the parentage and family background of each individual; their employment before the war; their connection to the town, or residence on the outbreak of war; and the circumstances surrounding their death.

The names of the men we are researching can be found here (PDF document), together with a separate list of those casualties who are yet to be identified. We would be very pleased to hear from anyone who has, and is willing to share, information about any of those featured - whether in the form of photographs, letters, diaries, newspaper cuttings, or family stories - so that we can build a full and accurate account of their lives and service.

A permanent exhibition will also be mounted in the Marsden Room in late 2016, which will further explore the impact of the war on the local area. Themes to be explored will include the work of the local Red Cross hospitals, conscription and conscientious objectors, and the work of the urban and rural military tribunals. It is hoped that some First World War artefacts will also be on display.

The Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry
The Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry in Sherborne, 1914
©Sherborne Museum
Unknown Corporal
Unknown Corporal of the 7th (King’s Own) Dragoon Guards
©Sherborne Museum

A History of Sherborne’s Dairies

This small but fascinating exhibition captures a part of the town’s industrial heritage that has largely been forgotten. In the 19th century Sherborne had three thriving dairies producing for the South West and further afield. This history is brought to life through a wide range of artefacts, photos and documents from the Museum’s collection which has been supplemented by some stunning milk churns loaned by Hunt’s Foodservice.

Hunt’s have also kindly sponsored professional interpretation boards charting the progress of the industry and a memory book is available for those wishing to share their memories - perhaps of door to door deliveries or of drinking school milk.

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