First artefacts moved back into Dorset Museum

First artefacts moved back into Dorset Museum

Published by George Sharpe at 2:47pm 23rd July 2020.

The first artefacts to return to the Dorset Museum are being crane lifted back in, but the museum won't be reopening this year.

It's been almost four years since objects were first removed to make way for renovations and restorations to the building.

Among the first objects to return are the 108-year-old Dorset Box Wagon, known locally as the Yetminster Wagon, and a 2.6m by 3.3m painting of the Bond Family. They've been moved back in while the building has no roof because of their substantial size.

Dr Jon Murden, Director of Dorset Museum said: 

"This is a very exciting time for us all, as after nearly 4 years of moving objects out of the Museum we are beginning to move some back in. They are very fragile objects, so a lot of thinking and planning has taken place to ensure it's done with great precision." 

The objects will become part of the People's Dorset Gallery - celebrating 500,000 years of the county's history. It's one of the new features of the museum, along with a new shop and café space.

Much of the historic building on High West Street has been restored and it's set to reopen in 2021.

Dorset County Museum

The redevelopment of the Museum was in full swing before the coronavirus outbreak, with areas of the site nearing completion. 

Jon said: 

"Great progress has been made on the new Museum and it's very exciting seeing it take shape. The health and safety of our staff, contractors, volunteers and local communities has been our priority during this time, and understandably, in common with the rest of the country we have incurred temporary setbacks. 

"I'm pleased to share that the build is underway again with great enthusiasm, and we very much look forward to welcoming you all to the new Museum next year." 

To follow the progress, please visit the museum's website or keep up to date on social media.