History

Walkers Wanted To Help Re-enact Historic Procession To Shaftesbury

A Shaftesbury woman is recruiting ramblers to check footpaths ahead of the re-enactment of a historic procession across Dorset.

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Was Your Home Sold In 1919? Find Out At The New Gold Hill Museum Exhibit

Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill Museum opened for the 2019 season today and one of the special displays tells the story of our water supply. The second presentation documents the dramatic events of 1919, when our town was sold – three times!

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New Finds And Future Plans Shared At Shaftesbury Abbey 2019 Opening

Shaftesbury Abbey wants to do more to encourage the town’s new residents to learn about our Saxon heritage. ThisIsAlfred attended the 2019 season opening and heard how locals of all ages have a chance to view some of the recent archaeological finds dug up during the museum’s SAVED project.

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Interesting Radar Survey Find In Hunt For Missing Shaftesbury Church

Archaeologists trying to locate a ‘missing’ Shaftesbury church have found two interesting features beneath the Bury Litton churchyard.

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The Men And Westcountry Women Who Helped The Suffragettes

Just over 100 years ago, the suffragette movement achieved its first victory. The ongoing programme of civil disobedience, direct action and hunger strikes brought the vote for some property-owning women aged over thirty. It wasn’t until 1928 when all women aged over nineteen were given voting rights.

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Books And Railway Memorials To Honour Shaftesbury Area WW1 Dead

The Blackmore Vale’s railway workers and residents who died during the Great War are being remembered through a series of three books and six memorials at local train stations.

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The Signature That Changed Shaftesbury Forever – Abbey Museum Offers Taste Of New Look

A Shaftesbury Abbey volunteer has uncovered the document that altered Shaftesbury forever. Stuart Edwards has been researching the life of Elizabeth Zouche who was Abbess when Henry VIII’s reformation brought about the Abbey’s destruction. Stuart told ThisIsAlfred how his discovery will form a key part of a revamped Abbey Museum experience.

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Could You Help Uncover Duncliffe Wood’s Hidden History?

The oldest living things in Dorset are reportedly found in Duncliffe Wood. They are small- leaved lime coppice stools, created when young tree stems have been continually cut down over decades, to near ground level.

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The Dorset Woman Who Changed Opinion On Parenting And Relationships

January’s Shaftesbury and District Historical Society lecture offers an insight into the life of one of Dorset’s most influential and controversial residents, Dr Marie Stopes.

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Former Abbey Curator Returns With Roman Villa Talk

A former curator of the Abbey Museum will return to Shaftesbury next week to share some of her discoveries following an archaeological dig at a major Roman Villa. Read More