History

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

Radar Search For Saxon Shaftesbury Reveals Settlement

Archaeologists working on Shaftesbury Abbey’s SAVED project have uncovered what could be the town’s original Saxon settlement. Read More

A Hundred Years Since The Sale Of Shaftesbury – The Town They Sold Three Times

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.

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Share Your Well And Spring Stories With Gold Hill Museum

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.

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