The Museum Gallery

The Museum has a small Art gallery which we use for special exhibitions. These change more often than our permanent exhibits, allowing us to focus on the work of artists who are of particular local importance, or to highlight and complement particular aspects of the permanent collection.

Current exhibition:

“Esme Butler’s Blandford”

Esme Butler, 1956-2017

Oil painting by Rob Adams, from Esme Butler’s collection

Esme Butler was a well-loved and respected native and lifelong resident of Blandford.

As well as working with many local organisations, she served as a Town and District Councillor and was four times Mayor of Blandford.

Throughout her life she supported local artists and amassed a collection of pictures and artefacts she particularly liked related to Blandford.


The exhibition will display a selection from her collection showing what Esme found best represented her home town.

This exhibition has been extended to the end of the year.

We regret that the September exhibition is cancelled due to lack of competition entries.

Hopefully the competition will be run again at a later date

“The Railway in Blandford”, 28th Aug to 1st Oct 2021

This is an art competition in association with the Blandford Forum Railway Club who will provide a trophy for a work won by public vote.

All Blandford artists are invited to enter an original work reflecting the presence and influence of the railway on Blandford. Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to vote for their favourite picture.

Information and Entry Form available here: Railway competition details and entry form (If this does not open on a new page, click the Download button on your browser or check your Downloads folder.)

Entry forms must be submitted by Saturday 14 August, and pictures are to be handed in at the museum on Sunday 22nd August.


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