Blandford Town Museum

Caring for the past, informing the future.

Making the prehistory, history and cultural life of our community accessible to all, enriching the lives of residents, visitors and generations to come.

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Opening hours: Winter 2021-22

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10am – 4pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Christmas opening times:

Open as normal until Thursday 23rd December
Saturday 25th December: closed
Tuesday 28th December: open as normal
Thursday 30th December: open as normal
Saturday 1st January 2022: closed

We will then be closed for the whole of January, reopening on Tuesday 1st February 2022

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About the Museum

Blandford Town Museum tells the story of Blandford Forum and its surrounding villages through displays, exhibitions and local artefacts. We hold archives for people researching their family or local history, including militaria and railways. The Museum is entirely run by volunteers, and is free to enter. You can find out more about our history and organisation here.

The Museum provides learning and research opportunities for people of all ages, and we particularly like to work with schools and young people to develop their interest in local history. We host lectures, special events and exhibitions; scroll down the page or click here to find out what is coming up soon.

Find Us

The museum is close to the Marketplace in the centre of town. Look for the sign above the entrance to Beres Yard, opposite the church of St Peter and St Paul.

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Permanent Exhibits

Our permanent exhibits tell the story of the Blandford area through the ages, from Stone Age bones and artefacts to a model of the Railway Station in the 1960s.

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Victorian Garden

The Victorian garden provides a safe and peaceful space for visitors to enjoy away from the bustle of the town, and a beautiful setting for outdoor social events.

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Shop and Museum Hire

As well as souvenirs of your visit, our shop sells local crafts, homemade jams and chutneys, and plants produced by the museum garden club members.

The museum is available to hire for social events, lectures, presentations etc.

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Archives and Publications

The Museum has an extensive Archive relating to the life of the town and surrounding villages. We also publish booklets, ranging from historic monographs to popular Blandford tales.

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Partnerships and Links

The Museum works with other local groups to organise community projects and events. Our website also has information about organisations with similar interests, and links to other local history websites.

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What’s on at the Museum?

 

Events

We hold lectures, workshops, and artistic and social events throughout the year. Our website also has details of local events arranged by our partner organisations.

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Special Exhibitions

The Special Exhibitions in our gallery change regularly. Some focus on the work of artists who are of particular local importance, whilst others highlight and complement aspects of the permanent exhibits.

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Learning and Research

The museum works with schools and young people to design projects and internships that meet their individual needs and interests. We also hold lectures, workshops, and special events for all ages and interests, and participate in local history research projects.

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Get involved!

There are many ways to support your local Museum. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in any of our activites.

Volunteering

Blandford Museum relies on our friendly volunteer staff for everything, from Reception and Curation to Trustees and Director. If you would like to get involved we would love to hear from you.

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Membership

As the museum is free to visitors, donations and income from events are very important to us. You can help by becoming a Member, Friend or Patron of the museum. We also welcome sponsorship from local businesses.

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Groups and Projects

Members of Blandford Museum can join our special-interest groups, including the Victorian Garden Group and the Archaeology Group, or get involved in exciting local history projects.

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Events

Upcoming events at the Blandford Town Museum

Blandford Yuletide Festival

3rd December 2021 from 5:00 pm

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Christmas Gift Garage Sale

Sunday 5th December 2021, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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