2018 events will be live on the website around September

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.

Concealed Shoes

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

Sturminster Police Station

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

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

Boogie Woogie Festival

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.

Concealed Shoes

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

Sturminster Police Station

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

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

Please contact us for more information.

Milling Weekend

On 12th and 13th August, at The Mill.

Cream tea at the Mill, The Mill Walk & Explore the millpond

Cream tea at the mill: Explore the millpond. This is a rare chance to view the mill from water level. River Stour Safaris will have their kayaks at the mill pond providing opportunity to explore the location. 2.00 – 4.30 pm.

The Mill Walk: Bring a packed lunch and join a walk led by Karine Litten starting 11.00am at Sturminster Mill. Walk through the meadows to Fiddleford Manor, picnic by the Lavender Farm, then walk back to the mill via the Trail Way and enjoy a cream tea! Dogs are welcome but must be on leads on farmland.

On 12th August, at The Mill.

Water Festival

A celebration of our river and wetlands. There will be stalls, quizzes & activities for all ages. Find out about wildlife gardening, quiz the EA about flooding, learn about otters and discover what is living in the river. The mill will be open for visitors.

On 23rd August, at 10.30 am - 4.00 pm in The Mill and picnic area.

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.

Concealed Shoes

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

Sturminster Police Station

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

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

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.

Dorset Architectural Heritage Week

The mill will be featured in the publicity for the Dorset Architectural Heritage Week and will be open for an extra day.

On 12th September, at The Mill.
Exhibitions

Crested China

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

Concealed Shoes

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

Sturminster Police Station

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

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

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.

Concealed Shoes

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

Sturminster Police Station

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

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

Please contact us for more information.

AGM

Speaker, Mrs Felicity Harrison. The talk is titled "An historical peep through the keyhole of some of my favourite houses in Stur"

On 1st November, at 7:00pm in The Exchange.

"An Archaeological Dig in Cyprus"

We are used to local historian David Fox sharing his knowledge of Sturminster Newton but this time he shares his experience of research in a very different location.

On 29th November, at 7:30pm in The Museum (Bow Room).
Exhibitions

Crested China

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

Concealed Shoes

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

Sturminster Police Station

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

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

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.

Concealed Shoes

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

Sturminster Police Station

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

Found in the Ground

Display of objects found in Sturminster Newton and surrounding areas.

Cottage industries

A look at cottage industries in Sturminster and surrounding villages.

Please contact us for more information.