A major exhibition across four venues – Dorset Museum (Dorchester), Poole Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum (Devizes)
Take a fresh look at the Victorian novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy, in the stunning Wessex landscapes that shaped his view of the world. His story will be retold in exciting new ways by our museum collections, from period costumes to personal letters, art to archaeology.
Four exhibitions, each exploring a different Hardy theme
A treasure trove of objects that give personal insights into Thomas Hardy’s life
Many of the objects have never been on public display before
Each exhibition has a star object on loan from a national museum
28th May – 30 October 2022
Saturday 28th May 9:00am
Included within entry fee
Join us for an opportunity to explore the Museum at this free late opening
Thu 19th May - 5:00pm
This talk explores the exhibition with the help of its key objects from across Europe, including the first loan to Britain of the Nebra sky disc and several important objects kindly loaned to the exhibition by Dorset Museum.
Thu 19th May - 7:00pm
Discovered in the 1930s, one of the best examples of a Roman Town House in England is situated here in Dorchester.
Sat 21st May - 10:30am
and 3 future schedules
Model theatre-making based on Hardy's novels and the model by Thomas Tilley for the Hardy Players in the Hardy's Dorset Gallery.
Tue 31st May - 10:00am
Join Tom Sharpe, formerly Curator of Palaeontology and Archives at the National Museum of Wales, and author of ‘The Fossil Woman: A life of Mary Anning’, to examine what we know of the life of this extraordinary woman.
Thu 22nd Sep - 7:00pm