Museums and Groups in Dorset

There are plenty of ways to get involved with the history and archaeology of Dorset. Why not visit a museum or join an archaeological society?

Many Portable Antiquities Scheme finds can be seen on display at museums around the county (see the links that accompany the descriptions below).

 

Museums

Dorset County Museum

Dorset County Museum, in Dorchester, features many archaeological objects, not least in its dedicated Ancient Dorset gallery. There you can explore the huge Late Bronze Age axehead hoard from Langton Matravers (HAMP-2865F1), and the spectacular gold Early Bronze Age lunula found in the Tarrant Valley (DOR-2198F8).

Priest’s House Museum and Garden

The Priest’s House in Wimborne Minster includes archaeological material recovered from the late prehistoric and Romano-British site at Tarrant Hinton.

Redhouse Museum

Historically in Dorset, the Redhouse Museum is to be found in Christchurch.

Societies & Organisations

Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society

Dorset’s first conservation organisation was established to collect, preserve, research and exhibit objects relating to the archaeology, natural history, art, literature and culture of Dorset.

East Dorset Antiquarian Society

An active archaeological and historical society with a full programme of talks, field trips and collaborative excavations.