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Music and Mime - Every Friday (term time only)

09/11/2018 10:30 - 11:30

A fun music and signing group for babies and toddlers at Poole Museum.Sing nursery rhymes, make music and learn simple signs for everyday communication. Suitable for babies and toddlers (0-3 years old)

Every Friday (term time only)  

Booking is not essential, but spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. FREE

Call Poole Museum on 01202 262600 or email museums@poole.gov.uk for more information.

Museum Memory Club - Every Friday 2-4pm

05/10/2018 14:00 - 16:00

 Are you living with memory loss or dementia?
Join us for a social afternoon of reminiscence, friendship and support. Our weekly club is held in our learning suite, and is led by a specialist reminiscence facilitator in association with Prama.
Advance booking essential. £2 per week, payable on the day.

To find out more and book your place call Anna Shiels on 01202 633971 or email anna.shiels@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Made possible thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Please note: On Fri 5th and 19th July the Museum Memory Club will be at Old Rope Walk Hamworthy BH15 4AH


Art Detectives Exhibition Trail

26/01/2019 - 22/04/2019

Discover and explore our Calm Before the Storm exhibition with this fun art detective trail.

Free. Available during museum opening hours. (10am-4pm)

Objects on Tour: Wicked Wessex

20/04/2019 - 07/07/2019

In our latest tour, our four partner museums have chosen objects that tell stories of the region’s ‘wicked’ past – from grim and gruesome to strange and shocking! A Bellarmine Witch Bottle from Wiltshire Museum will be the third of four temporary displays.

Scaplen's Court Garden Opening

04/05/2019 13:00 - 29/09/2019 16:00
Adjoining Scaplen's Court is a delightful walled garden providing an oasis of colour and tranquillity. Originally designed by George Dillistone in 1930, it was restored by volunteers in 2000 as a herb and physic garden. Volunteers continue to keep the garden looking beautiful and it will open to the public from the 4th of May. 

Free entry, open daily from 1 - 4pm. 

Art Detectives Exhibition Trail

18/05/2019 - 29/09/2019
Discover and explore our Henry Lamb exhibition with this free, fun detective trail. Look for clues in the paintings, solve puzzles and draw your own sketches!

Available during museum opening times (10am - 5pm). Free activity.

Poole Museum Fund Garden Party

23/05/2019 17:30 - 19:00
Learn how to make the perfect G&T while taking in the summer sun in Scaplen's Court Gardens, located on the historic Poole Quay. All proceeds from ticket sales will directly benefit Poole Museums.

Tickets cost £12 for members and £15 for non-members. 

To book tickets, please contact Christine Spader on 01202 262607 or by email christine.spader@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Pirates, Castaways and Codfish

30/06/2019 11:00 - 16:00
As part of Poole Maritime Festival, explore Scaplen's Court and speak to the team behind the Pirates, Castaways and Codfish project to learn more about Poole's maritime past. Delve into the fascinating stories and extensive research carried out in 2018 as part of an HLF funded project. A chance to ask your questions, take part in craft activities and enjoy some living history performances.

Enjoy some refreshments and family entertainment throughout the day. Build your own pirate ship and discover more about the development of Poole between 1580 and 1730.

Organised by Poole Bay Rotary Club in association with Poole Museum.

Free entry, donations welcome. 

Henry Lamb: Out of the Shadows Dementia-Friendly Exhibition Tour

03/07/2019 14:00 - 15:30
A chance to view and discuss the paintings in Poole Museum's temporary exhibition, Henry Lamb: Out of the Shadows. The exhibition take s a deeper look into the life and work of this significant and highly skilled British artist who moved to Poole after WWI to recuperate. He made many studies and paintings of the urban scene and unemployed workers in the 1920s, preserving the community's history in some of his best work. 

This is an interactive session for those living with dementia and their carers. No previous experience or knowledge of art is required. 

A hot drink and cake will be provided in the cafe at the end of the sessions (included in entrance price).

Entry is £3 per person. To book a place, please contact Anna Shiels on 01202 633971 or on anna.shiels@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

'Painter and Polymath': Talk by Primrose Campbell, granddaughter of Henry Lamb

06/07/2019 14:30 - 15:30
Primrose Campbell, granddaughter of the artist Henry Lamb, will explore the story of his life, early years and influences. Find out more about the artist’s inner life including how he fought against the Manchester dons of his youth, moved through Bohemian pre-1914 Chelsea, Paris and the wilds of western Ireland. The talk will also reveal more about his years in Poole and his settled family life in Coombe Bisset, where he lived and painted for over 30 years. Primrose will give a 45-minute talk followed by a guided tour of the Henry Lamb exhibition.

Poole Museum Fund: Garden Party with Private Exhibition Tour

15/07/2019 16:30 - 18:00
Members will enjoy tea, cake and a live string quartet in the beautiful Scaplen's Court Gardens before being escorted into Poole Museum for an exclusive after hours tour of the high profile exhibition, Henry Lamb: Out of the Shadows

For Poole Museum Fund members only. Tickets cost £5. 

To book tickets, please contact Christine Spader on 01202 262607 or by christine.spader@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Hands On History

01/08/2019 13:00 - 14:00
Come and join in our exciting 'Hands On History' activity at Poole Museum. Visitors to the Museum will have the chance to hold real museum objects and learn about the archaeology, natural history and social history of Poole. 

Step Back in Time

05/08/2019 11:00 - 15:00
Step back in time every Monday and Tuesday throughout August with our free historically themed activities. An experienced team of activity leaders and re-enactors will be demonstrating crafts from the past and encouraging families to have a go at historical games.

Free, donations welcome. 

Activities taking place throughout the museum every Monday and Tuesday throughout August.

Collections Highlights Talk: Poole's Flying Boats WWII

07/09/2019 14:00 - 15:00
Find out more about Poole Museum's fascinating collection with our quarterly highlights talks. Uncover the past and discover behind the scenes information from our expert speakers.

This month's talk will highlight Poole's flying boats during World War II by specialist, Jeremy Waters. 

Further links to WWII can be found in our temporary exhibition, Henry Lamb: Out of the Shadows in galleries 1 and 2.

Entry free, donations welcome. 

To book a place on this talk, please visit our Eventbrite page here

Find Out About Your Finds

24/09/2019 10:30 - 13:00

Please note, there is no Find Out About Your Finds on the 3rd of September 2019.

Have you got a mystery object that you've dug up in your garden or found while out for a Sunday walk? If so, bring them along to our free drop-in session at Poole Museum and get your questions answered by a specialist. 

Claire Pinder and Ciorstaidh Trevarthen, from Dorset Council's Historic Environment Team, will be here to identify your archaeological finds and help to solve the mystery!

Free, no booking required. Donations welcome.

Dorset Architectural Heritage Week Tours

14/09/2019 10:00 - 16:00
From Friday 13th of September to Sunday 22nd of September members of the public can learn more about the historic buildings of the county. Poole Museum will be organising guided tours of St James Church, the Town Cellars and Scaplen's Court. Please keep an eye on our website and dahw.org.uk for dates, times and booking arrangements.

Free entry, booking required. Donations welcome.

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