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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Learn How Shaftesbury Was Once The Centre Of Shepherd Hut Building

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.

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Loose Stones Could Reveal New Information On Shaftesbury Abbey’s History

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.

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Eat And Dress Like A Viking At Free Shaftesbury Abbey Event

You can eat like a Viking at Shaftesbury Abbey this Sunday (2nd September). 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.

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Children Encouraged To Find ‘Special’ Gold Hill Museum Mice

There are mice in Gold Hill Museum. And the Museum Chairman would like your children or grandchildren to try and track them down!

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