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 2019 we have:

  • Sturminster Newton’s Literary Connections
  • Prices at the Market (Please note this exhibition will not be ready until the end of February)
  • How we used to entertain ourselves
Exhibitions

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



Please contact us for more information.

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

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



Talk by Stephen Banks

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

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



History of Knitting

Talk by Joyce Meader which will cover the ‘History of Knitting – what we did for the troops in World War 1’. Joyce has created garments for many military films including the 2011 blockbuster ‘Warhorse’ where balaclavas and mufflers were supplied for all the key actors including Jeremy Irvine and Benedict Cumberbatch. One of Joyce’s mufflers appears on the cover of the DVD of the film.

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, 2019, 7.30pm in The Exchange.
Exhibitions

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



The Panama Canal

Howard Nichols returns with a fully illustrated presentation on the history and construction of the Panama Canal. Talk will take place in the Bow Room at the Exchange. Entry £5 (£4 for members). Refreshments available. It will be preceded by an EGM of the Society starting at 6:45pm.

On April 3, 2019, 7:45pm in The Exchange.

Milling weekend

Although the machinery is always running and flour is on sale when the Mill is open, on the weekend of 13th/14th April flour will actually be produced.

On April 13 & April 14, 2019, 11:00am in The Mill.
Exhibitions

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



Lawrence of Arabia

Peter Preen, a guide at Clouds Hill (Lawrence’s house), will be talking about Lawrence’s life. This talk will be in the Bow Room at the Exchange. Entry £5 (£4 for members). Refreshments will be available from 7:15pm.

On May 1, 2019, 07:30pm in The Exchange.

Milling weekend supporting National Mills weekend

Although the machinery is always running and flour is on sale when the Mill is open, on the weekend of 11th/12th May flour will actually be produced. Blackmore Vale Amateur Radio Society members will be at the Mill contacting other parts of the world and talking to visitors.

On May 11 & May 12, 2019, 11:00am in The Mill.

Finds Day

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

On May 23, 2019, 10:30am - 1:00pm in The Museum.

Cream Teas by the River Stour

Enjoy tea, coffee, scones and cakes in a beautiful setting by the river.

On May 25, 2019, 2:00pm in The Mill.
Exhibitions

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



Mills and the River Stour

Our Miller, Pete Loosemore, and one of our trustees, John Pidgeon, will present films about ‘Mills and the River Stour in the Bow Room at the Exchange. Entry £5 (£4 for members). Refreshments will be available from 7:15pm.

On June 5, 2019, 7:30pm in The Exchange.

Milling weekend

Although the machinery is always running and flour is on sale when the Mill is open, on the weekend of 8th/9th June flour will actually be produced.

On June 8 & June 9, 2019, 11:00am - 5:00pm in The Mill.

The Miller's Daughter

The excellent Taboo Theatre Company will be performing a specially written play ‘The Miller’s Daughter’ on the cobbles outside the Mill. The play, lasting just over an hour, depicts life at the Mill in the 1830s, a period of change and social unrest in Dorset. It is based on real people who lived around Sturminster at the time with some fictional characters. Tickets are £8 per adult, £4 children.

Normal entry to the Mill will still be possible during the 2:30pm performance.

On June 29 & 30, 2019, 2:30pm & 5:30pm in The Mill.
Exhibitions

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



Bee keeping

Totty Cruttenden, the bee lady, will be talking about bee keeping, the welfare of bees and their contribution to the environment in the Bow Room at the Exchange. Entry £5 (£4 for members). Refreshments will be available from 7:15pm.

On July 3, 2019, 07:30 pm in The Exchange.

Boogie Woogie session

As part of Sturminster’s International Boogie Boogie Festival, Claire Hamlin will be playing on the banks of the Stour outside the Mill. She will be joined by other artists during her set. Tea, coffee and cake will be available.

On July 6, 2019, 10:30-11:45 am in The Mill.

Milling weekend

Although the machinery is always running and flour is on sale when the Mill is open, on the weekend of 13th/14th July flour will actually be produced.

On July 13 & July 14, 2019, 11:00am - 5:00pm in The Mill.
Exhibitions

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



Milling weekend

Although the machinery is always running and flour is on sale when the Mill is open, on the weekend of 10th/11th August flour will actually be produced.

On 10 & 11 August, 2019, 11:00am - 5:00pm in The Mill.

Roman Activity Session

John Smith, dressed as Roman soldier, will lead activities for children in the courtyard outside the Mill.

On August 15, 2019, 11:00am - 12:30pm & 1:00pm - 2:30pm in The Mill.
Exhibitions

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



The Bankes Family

David Beardley, from Kinston Lacy, will talk about the Bankes Family, former owners of Kingston Lacy and Corfe Castle. Entry £5 (£4 for members). Refreshments will be available from 7:15pm.

On September 4, 2019, 7:00pm in The Exchange.

Milling weekend in conjunction with the Cheese Festival

Although the machinery is always running and flour is on sale when the Mill is open, on the weekend of 10th/11th August flour will actually be produced. The local Floral Group will put on a display in and around the Mill.

On September 14 & 15, 2019, 11:00am - 5:00pm in The Mill.

Finds Day

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

On September 26, 2019, 10:30am - 1:00pm in The Museum.

Cream Teas by the River Stour

Enjoy tea, coffee, scones and cakes in a beautiful setting by the river.

On September 28, 2019, 2:00pm - 4:30pm in The Mill.
Exhibitions

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



Three Hundred miles in the steps of Vespasian

Talk by Paul Cheetham, local archaeologist from Bournemouth University, about the recent work at Lake Farm Roman legionary fortress (close to Corfe Mullen). Entry £5 (£4 for members). Refreshments will be available from 7:15pm.

On October 2, 2019, 7:30pm in The Exchange.
Exhibitions

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



Talk by Helen Baggott

Museum and Mill Society’s Annual General Meeting starts at 7:00pm and will be followed by talk by Helen Baggott. Refreshments will be available from 6:45pm.

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

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



Candlelit Carol Service

On December 18, 2019, 6:30pm in The Mill.
Exhibitions

Sturminster's Literary Connections

This includes exhibits about the lives of William Barnes, Robert Young and Thomas Hardy and supports the Town's new literary festival planned for June 15th.

Prices at the Market

2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the first granting of a Royal Charter to Sturminster to hold a fair by Henry III. The exhibition traces prices throughout the Market's history and relates this to the coinage in use at the time.

How we used to entertain ourselves

This is a display of games and amusements that were popular before the rise of modern mass media.



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.