As part of our Raising Voices series, we welcome back Brian Bates to give us an incredible insight into the life of this extraordinary woman!
Mrs Van der Elst spent a quarter of a century campaigning against the death penalty, with her self-made wealth.
Learn more about how this scullery maid turned business entrepreneur’s unconventional methods of protest earnt her a reputation and place in the history of capital punishment.
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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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