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Thursday 9th March 2pm : Winter Talk by David Tucker, Director, Lyme Regis Museum

Lyme Museum: Past, Present - and Future?

Every season we like to invite a speaker from another Museum to share their experiences with us and this year we warmly welcome David Tucker from Lyme Regis. Like many museums, Lyme Regis has been through good times and bad. From its unsteady start in 1902, rapid growth in the 1930s and subsequent post-war decline, its low point was the collapse of the east wing in the 1960s. However, under the guidance of John Fowles and Liz-Ann Bawden the Museum recovered. Mary Godwin was then appointed as the first professional Director, under whom further significant improvements were made.

In 2012 David initiated a second successful Lottery Fund bid, and as a consequence the new Mary Anning Wing is expected to open in June 2017, when the main museum doors re-open.

Raleigh Hall, Digby Road on Thursday 9 March at 2.30pm, doors open at 2pm.

Entry at the door for non-members £5 (students £2). Tea and cake provided.

David Tucker
David Tucker
Lyme Regis Museum
Lyme Regis Museum

Saturday 11 March at the Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne

Sherborne Museum presents the annual Jim Gibb Lecture with Dr Ken Lawson:

Sherborne Evidence for the History of England in the Reigns of Kings Ethelred and Canute
King Cnut

The history of England around the year 1000 saw some of the most intense fighting in its history, culminating in the Viking conquest of 1016 and the accession of a Danish King Cnut (Canute), a figure of European stature.

Evidence from Sherborne plays a critical role in our understanding of this period - both regarding those high levels of taxation (the Danegeld) and the well-known story about Cnut’s attempt to turn back the tide, which Dr Lawson argues indicates his shrewd grasp of the political world in which he operated.

King Cnut and Queen Emma came to worship in Sherborne Abbey and finding the roof leaking badly the Queen gave 20 pounds of silver for its repair. Further evidence of this is revealed by an examination of contemporary Sherborne land charters; years when Sherborne history is also national history.

Tickets on the doors which open at 2.00pm are £5 (£2 students)

Tea and cake will be provided.

Thursday 13th April 11am - 2pm : Tied back into history

Spinning demonstration with April Grayson

This is a free family-friendly event, although donations will be gratefully received. April will be spinning and demonstrating the skills of her craft over several hours, so pop in and ask her questions.

April says:

Spinning 3

I first learnt to spin in the Shetland Islands from an elderly lady who kept her own sheep. She showed me how to prepare raw fleece for spinning by carding it into rolags. (I will demonstrate this skill.)

I like to work with raw wool and spin with the lanolin still in the fleece. After spinning a single thread I will turn the wheel anti-clockwise in order to ply two threads together. Once plied, the threads are wound off the bobbin into skeins. These are then washed and dried to make beautiful soft yarn for knitting, weaving or crochet.

I find the whole process very relaxing and almost meditative.  It is immensely satisfying to take the raw material and create unique items for my friends and family.

The process ties me to the history of women and textiles which extends back into prehistory. Spinning and weaving are among some of the oldest crafts known and in many archaeological sites spindle whorls are found, showing that spinning took place there.

Spinning 1
Spinning 2

Saturday 16 September 11am to 3pm: Sherborne Museum’s Cider Saturday Cider Day 2017 Cider Day 2017

Join Ben Weller from Twisted Cider in Longburton and other award-winning local cider-producers and apple growers in our celebration of the autumn harvest.

Learn about cider making in the area, Sherborne’s “lost” orchards and old apple varieties.

Plenty of samples of the golden nectar and fresh apple juice to try.

This event just gets bigger and better - also family friendly and free.

Sunday 3 December 10am-4pm: Festive Shopping Day
Christmas Tree

The Museum will be joining in the town’s seasonal festivities and opening up for all to view our beautiful exhibitions. Great for those last minute stocking fillers and meaningful gifts from our shop, too!

This year we will be joined by Katy Ashman and Miles Nipper aka The Wandering Winds who will be performing Victorian Carols on the bassoon, contrabassoon and flute.

There might even be a taste of furmity and Victorian mincemeat to enhance the occasion.

Free and family friendly as always.

A wandering wind instrument

Miles and Katy
Miles and Katy

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