Events at the Museum and Mill

Thank you for taking interest in events at the Museum and Mill! From the menu on the left, please select the month of interest.

Each year we aim to to provide a series of temporary displays on different themes. The subjects for display in 2017 are as follows:

  • The first showing of Sturminster Newton's oldest map; produced for the Pitt-Rivers estate and accompanying records of plot owners and tenants. This item forms part of a joint enterprise with other North Dorset museums: a "Cabinet of Curiosities".
  • The Mill and its role in the production of "swanskin" and the links between the latter, cod fishing and Newfoundland.
  • The history of clay pipe smoking.
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

In February, at The Museum.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

In April, at The Museum.
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Fovant Badges

A talk by Dr. Anthony Philips on the Fovant badges

On 1st February, at 7:30pm in The Museum
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

In February, at The Museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Withdrawal from “empire” and the legacy

Talk by Mark Dubuisson about the withdrawal from “empire” and the legacy.

On 1st March, at 7:30pm in The Exchange.

Finds day

C. Trevarthen from Dorchester Museum will be at Sturminster Museum to identify the items found in the garden, on digs, the beach, etc. Come and identify your treasure!

On 4th March, 10:00am to 2:00pm in The Museum.
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

In February, at The Museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Mill Opens

On Saturday, 1st April.

Trans-Siberian Railway

Howard Nichols returns to talk about the Trans-Siberian Railway.

On 5th April, at 7:30pm in The Exchange.
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

In February, at The Museum.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

In April, at The Museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Hillary Townsend

Home restoration that led to the discovery of evidence of medieval and Tudor building within her home.

On 3rd May, at 7:30pm in The Exchange.

Cream tea at the mill

Cream tea at the Mill. 2.00 – 4.30 pm. Milling weekend

On 13th May, at The Mill.

The Blackmore vale Amateur Radio Society

The Blackmore vale Amateur Radio Society will be operating at the mill to make contact with mills further afield during opening times.

On 13th and 14th May, at The Mill.

Flower Exhibition (by local floral group)

On 13th, 14th and 15th May, at The Mill.

Oxfords Bakery demonstration

On 13th May, from 11:00 am at The Mill.

National Mills Weekend

On 13th and 14th May, at The Mill.

Museum Open Evening

Take the opportunity to visit the museum outside the normal opening hours. A special display will feature the history of Sturminster Newton in a rolling programme of photographs from our extensive archive.

On 17th May, at 7.00 - 9.30 pm in The Museum.
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

In February, at The Museum.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

In April, at The Museum.

Please contact us for more information.

The earth beneath your feet

Talk by Mr & Mrs Harper, Detectorists.

On 7th June, at 7:30pm in The Exchange.
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

In February, at The Museum.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

In April, at The Museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Boogie Woogie Festival

Approx. 10.30am, venue for one session of the Boogie Woogie Festival. Milling weekend.

On 8th July, at 10:30am in The Mill.

Finds Day at the Museum

Bring along your finds for Ciorstaidh Trevarthen from Dorchester Museum.

On 17th July, at 10.00am - 2.00 pm in The Museum.
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

In February, at The Museum.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

In April, at The Museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Cream tea at the mill

Cream tea at the mill. 2.00 – 4.30 pm. Milling weekend.

On 12th August, at The Mill.

Water Festival

Water Festival run by Dorset Wildlife Trust. Mill will be open and working.

On 23rd August, at The Mill.

Roman Soldier

Children bring your parents to meet a Roman Legionnaire at the Museum. He will be dressed ready for battle, showing off his weapons and telling everyone about his life in a camp as a soldier.

On 29th August, at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm in The Museum.
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

In February, at The Museum.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

In April, at The Museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Philip Browne

Talk by Philip Browne. The unfortunate wreck of the Halswell, East Indiaman, off the coast of Dorset.

On 6th September, at 7:30pm at The Exchange.

Cheese Festival

Both mill and museum open, 11.00- 5.00pm. Milling weekend.

On 9th and 10th September, at The Museum and Mill.
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

In February, at The Museum.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

In April, at The Museum.

Please contact us for more information.

The canal that never was

A talk by Derrick Hunt.

On 4th October, at 7:30pm in The Exchange.
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

In February, at The Museum.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

In April, at The Museum.

Please contact us for more information.

AGM

Speaker, Mrs Felicity Harrison

On 1st November, at 7:30pm in The Exchange.
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

In February, at The Museum.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

In April, at The Museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Carol Service

Candle lit carol service with Rev. Seymour.

On 20th December, at 6:30pm in The Mill.
Exhibitions

Crested China

Display of crested ceramic souvenirs of Sturminster Newton, popular in early 20th century.

In January, at The Museum.

Concealed Shoes

Examples of children’s shoes found hidden in a local thatched roof and a short history.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Sturminster Police Station

A look at the role played by the police and the station in the town from mid-19th century.

In January and February, at The Museum.

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

In February, at The Museum.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

In April, at The Museum.

Please contact us for more information.