To celebrate World Day of Social Justice, Shire Hall Museum is hosting a FREE Open Day on Monday 20th February.
Social justice is at the heart of Shire Hall Museum. Our mission is to create a place that engages visitors with the history of justice and injustice, which inspires people to make a difference to society, politics, and justice for all.
This Open Day is an opportunity to visit Shire Hall Museum for free. Explore one of Dorchester’s most historic buildings, from the Georgian cells to the courtroom where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were tried. Immerse yourself in the stories of the people whose lives were forever changed at Shire Hall.
Shire Hall Museum’s Open Day will also be a chance to visit Crossings: community and refuge. A British Museum Spotlight Loan, this exhibitions explores themes of identity, belonging and sharing our world.
Shire Hall Museum’s Open Day is sponsored by Grassby & Sons
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Join author and journalist Anne Sebba at Shire Hall Museum as she explores the life of Ethel Rosenburg and her infamous 1951 trial which turned her into an American icon.
Sat 6th Apr - 2:00pm
In this talk, local historian Brian Bates explores the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, arguably the most famous trail to take place at Shire Hall.
Sat 4th May - 2:00pm
Join Mike Randall at Shire Hall Museum to discuss his father's extraordinary life. From escaping a prisoner of war camp during WW2 to becoming a 'diplomat' in Moscow and East Berlin
Sat 8th Jun - 2:00pm
Dorset Youth Pride is back at Shire Hall Museum for 2024!
Sat 13th Jul - 10:00am
Discover the fascinating story of Mary Channing, the last woman to be burned at the stake in Dorset.
Mon 29th Jul - 3:00pm
Hear about the hidden Dorchester under your feet in a fascinating talk with Councillor David Taylor.
Sat 14th Sep - 2:00pm
Join us at Shire Hall for our Christmas Market!
Sat 23rd Nov - 10:00am
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