About the Blandford Town Museum
The Museum holds a wealth of artefacts and archives from Prehistoric to the present day. We hold archives for people researching local history, their family history, militaria and railways and exhibitions on the Blandford area through its history. We also share information and learning boxes with schools and have active learning programmes for all ages.
The Blandford Museum interacts with the local community through a variety of special interest clubs. When you join the museum as a member you may want to choose to be affiliated with one of several museum clubs, the information about which can be accessed by the links below.
The Museum Garden Club does a wonderful job tending our authentic Victorian Garden producing plants, jams, and chutneys, which are available to buy in the shop. They meet each week and serve refreshments on their workdays.
The Museum’s Living History Project is working on recording oral histories from people in Blandford and the surrounding villages both through sound and other media, finding and digitising old film/video/photographs, and recording current events for future historians.
The Blandford Museum Archaeology Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30pm in the museum for talks and at other times for special visits to sites. They also hold “Finds Day” several times a year and a fabulous Quiz Night each year.
In our shop, you will find souvenirs of your visit to the museum but also local crafts and produce. Our museum garden club members produce homemade jams and chutneys and there are always plants for sale at very reasonable prices. We are in the process of moving to a waste-free shop and particularly try to carry environmentally friendly gifts.
We are also working with local craftspeople to display their work in the shop to make it a real hub of the community. Local artists supply most of our cards, and the museum produces a great number of booklets on topics about Blandford. Remember, entrance to the museum is free. So, if you are looking for that special gift, drop in to see us and we may have exactly what you want. If you are a local craftsperson and would like to use the museum shop as a showcase, call the museum and leave a message for the Shop Manager or email via the links on the contact page.
This booklet describes the development and growth of the Blandford Town Museum from 1974 to 2005. The book was written by the late Pamela Le Bas, who served in a variety of capacities at the museum during the years 1997 to 2009, serving as Museum Archivist for many years prior to her death. It details all the personalities involved and all the difficulties encountered as well as describing the museum as it is today and its mission in preserving the heritage of the Blandford area.
Blandford Town Museum was started through the efforts of John and Sue Tupper starting in 1974. A building, the coach house connected to the Bastard House, was acquired in 1979 through the generosity of the William Williams Trust.
The former Curator, the late Ben Cox deserves much credit for developing the museum and for initiating the archives, which now serve as a source of information for many researchers working at the museum.
Peter Andrews, our Emeritus Curator, has emphasized the community aspects of the museum and integrated artefacts into contextual exhibits. The museum now has a variety of special interest clubs: The Archaeology Group, The Victorian Garden Club, Living Histories (formerly called The Oral and Video History Project and) partnership in the Blandford Environmental Trust (with Blandford Rotary and The Blandford School). It is truly a community museum, with something for everyone.
Download the full history in PDF format for printing – Blandford Museum, the first 21 years…
Council of Management
President: Professor Peter Andrews
Chair: Joy Reynolds
Vice Chair: Bob Adams
Secretary: Nessa Hickish
Treasurer: Kirsty Astin
Director: Dr Sylvia Hixson Andrews
Emeritus Curator: Professor Peter Andrews
Senior Curator: Dr Michael Le Bas
Curators: Carolyn Martin, Tessa Pearce, Mike Lofthouse
Archivists: Mark Churchill and Dr Michael Le Bas
Publicity: John Tanner
Shop: Anne Shire
Membership: Nessa Hickish
Steward Coordinator: Nessa Hickish and Dr Sylvia Hixson Andrews
Education: Dr Sylvia Hixson Andrews, John Tanner, Rex Badgley and Edrys Lupprian
Garden Club: Elaine Lofthouse
Living History Group: Dr Sylvia Hixson Andrews
BTC Representative: Cllr Byron Quayle
BTC Representative: Cllr Alan Cross