Events at the Museum and Mill

Thank you for taking interest in events at the Museum and Mill! Using menu on the left, find out what’s going on each month.

Apart from the permanent exhibits at the Museum, each year we aim to to provide a series of temporary displays on different themes. In 2018 we have:

  • A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster Newton
  • Sturminster Castle
  • An Easier Life

2019 Exhibitions are being prepared and will be advertised in the New Year.

Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum. (Exhibition closes 24th December)



Please contact us for more information.

Aside from the below exhibitions, there are no events at this time. Please check back later to see if new events have been arranged for this month.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum. (Exhibition closes 24th December)



Annual General Meeting

The Museum and Mill Society’s Annual General Meeting. Speaker to be confirmed.

On November 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm in The Exchange.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum. (Exhibition closes 24th December)



Carol Service

Candle-lit Carol service conducted by Rev’d Philippa Sargent

On December 19, 2018, 6:30pm in The Mill.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum. (Exhibition closes 24th December)



Finds Day

Finds Day with Corsidth Trevarthan, Dorset Finds Liaison Officer. Please bring along anything you would like identified.

On January 24, 2019, 10:30am - 1:00pm in The Museum.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum. (Exhibition closes 24th December)



Talk by Stephen Bank

Photographer, Stephen, known as the Dorset Scouser, takes spectacular time-lapse pictures capturing local landmarks at night. Talk will take place in the Bow Room at the Exchange. Entry £5 (£4 for members). Refreshments available.

On February 6, 2019, 7:30pm in The Exchange.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum. (Exhibition closes 24th December)



History of Knitting

Talk by Joyce Meader which will cover the ‘History of Knitting – what we did for the troops in World War 1’. Please note that this talk will take place on a Thursday night in the Bow Room at The Exchange. Entry £5 (£4 for members). Refreshments available

On March 7, 2018, 7.30pm in The Exchange.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster. (Exhibition closes 24th December)

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum. (Exhibition closes 24th December)



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.

Finds Day

Finds Day with Corstaidh Trevarthan, Finds Liaison Officer and archaeologist Claire Ponder. Please find along anything you would like identified.

On 25th January, at 10:30am to 1:00pm in The Museum.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector.

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster.

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum.

Please contact us for more information.

The Great Western Railway

“The Great Western Railway” is a talk by Tim Cooling.

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

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector.

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster.

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Memories and Images from POW camp recorded by a former Sturminster resident, Tom Guttridge

“Memories and Images from POW camp recorded by a former Sturminster resident, Tom Guttridge” presented by his son Roger Guttridge.

On 7th March, in The Exchange.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector.

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster.

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum.

Please contact us for more information.

“Pirates.” Fact or Fiction

Who were they? Were they as fierce as we are led to believe? Howard Nicols returns to give us another entertaining talk.

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

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector.

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster.

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Verwood Pottery

Verwood Pottery - Dan Carter

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

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector.

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster.

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum.

Please contact us for more information.

The Beauty of Buttons

Mrs Harper will explain the history of buttons and display her collection, many found during metal detecting sessions. She is also willing to identify any unusual buttons bought along by the audience.

On 6th June, at 7:30pm in The Exchange.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector.

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster.

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Aside from the below exhibitions, there are no events at this time. Please check back later to see if new events have been arranged for this month.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector.

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster.

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Aside from the below exhibitions, there are no events at this time. Please check back later to see if new events have been arranged for this month.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector.

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster.

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Speaker Tony Brandon

Title to be confirmed

Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector.

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster.

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum.

Please contact us for more information.

New Light on the Knowlton Complex

During a recent excavation, it was discovered this complex contains at least 7 henge monuments, over 170 round barrows and ditches and a remarkable early Beaker period burial. Speaker Dr Martin Green guides us through the discoveries.

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

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector.

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster.

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Aside from the below exhibitions, there are no events at this time. Please check back later to see if new events have been arranged for this month.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector.

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster.

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum.

Please contact us for more information.

Aside from the below exhibitions, there are no events at this time. Please check back later to see if new events have been arranged for this month.
Exhibitions

A Look-back at Rural Life in and around Sturminster

Including generously loaned artefacts and costumes from a local collector.

Sturminster Castle

The Manor House on the hill, once owned by Katherine Parr, that played such an important role in the history of Sturminster.

An Easier Life

A display of domestic items from the collection in the museum.

Please contact us for more information.