Learning at the Museum

The Museum holds workshops, courses and lectures on an array of subjects; please see our Events page for information on what’s coming up.

We also offer a variety of learning programmes for people of all ages. As you might expect, these include learning about the history of the local area, or about past periods of time, from the items and documents in our collection. You can also learn about all aspects of the Museum’s work though an Internship, or by getting involved in our Volunteering activities.

Some examples of our learning activities are shown below. If you would like more information, please contact us.

Schools Programme

Our primary and secondary school programmes are very flexible and we like to work with individual teachers to design projects that meet their needs and interests. Past activities have included:

  • Visits to schools to film activities and special events;
  • Children’s interviews of WWII survivors;
  • Developing Educational Boxes on local subjects;
  • Arranging and guiding school visits to the Museum;
  • Special Projects developed jointly with several schools and/or museums

Internships for all ages

The Museum is a great place to get that little bit extra for your CV or University application or just to productively and enjoyably spend some spare time! We have lots of ways for you to develop new skills and gain experience, for example:

  • Research methods, using and developing historical archives or interviewing local people for oral history projects;
  • Curatorial work, managing collections and developing exhibitions;
  • Photographing and filming events and museum artefacts, creating and editing documentaries;
  • Creating materials for educational groups, developing and applying design skills;
  • Day-to-day aspects of the museum: visitor reception, running a small gift shop, administration, preparing publicity material, etc.

Research at the Museum

The Museum is very happy to support research on local history, either by providing access to our Archives or through participation in our Groups and Projects. These currently include the Stour Valley Project, investigating the influence of the river Stour on the development of Blandford and other local settlements, and the Memories Captured project, collecting oral histories of the Cranborne Chase area. The Archaeology Group also carries out local field investigations when conditions allow.

In the past we have also participated in projects much further afield, for example as part of an international team in the Southern Caucasus Mountains studying how organisms decay and interact with their environment over geological timescales.