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.
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.
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.
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
At the end of the First World War, most of Shaftesbury was sold – three times! And next year, Gold Hill Museum and the Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce will mark the centenary of this major event in our town’s history with a special exhibition.
Do you have a well within your home or a spring on your land? If you’re prepared to share pictures of your water feature or stories connected to it, you could help Gold Hill Museum prepare their 2019 special exhibition.
Shepherd huts are currently all over the home and lifestyle magazines. Celebrities are snapping them up and fitting them out with today’s high-end luxuries. But originally, these shelters would have provided the most basic living conditions for agricultural workers. And the Shaftesbury area was full of them.
There are many loose stones and tiles around Shaftesbury’s Abbey Gardens. On14th September, architectural historian and broadcaster, Dr Jonathan Foyle, will explain how these remains could reveal a great deal of information about the history of a once significant religious building.
You can eat like a Viking at Shaftesbury Abbey this Sunday (2nd September). ThisIsAlfred.com spoke with the Abbey’s Claire Ryley to learn more about the free fun day being held in honour of a Viking king who loved our town.