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.

"Posted in the past" a talk by Helen Baggott

Refreshments will be available from 6:45pm. Museum and Mill Society’s Annual General Meeting starts at 7:00pm and will be followed by talk by Helen Baggott: “Posted in the past” the stories behind postcards sent during the early years of the 20th century.

On November 6, 2019, 6:45pm 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

Carol service with Rev. Philippa Sargent Carol, Mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas cake.

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.



Finds Day

Bring your discoveries to the Museum and have them identified by Ciorstaidh from the Dorchester Museum.

On January 30th, 2020, 6:30pm 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.



Museum opens

Museum opens for the 2020 season.

On February 3rd, 2020 in The Museum.

My Life on the Fairground

Speaker Kay Townsend.

Held in the Bow Room at The Exchange.

On February 5th, 2020, 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 Marie Celest

The entertaining speaker Howard Nichols returns to talk.

Held in the Bow Room at The Exchange.

On March 4th, 2020, 7:30pm in The Exchange.

Mill opens

Mill opens for the 2020 season.

On March 4th, 2020 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.



Battle of Britain Over Dorset

John Smith is a regular contributor to Museum Roman activities. This time he comes to the Bow Room to present a very different subject.

On April 1st, 2020, 7:30pm in The Exchange.

Coach trip to GWR Steam museum

Coach trip from Sturminster Newton to GWR Steam Museum in Swindon (to be finalised).

On April 4th or 5th, 2020, 9:00am in GWR Steam Museum in Swindon.
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.



Air Ambulance

Leanne Colverson will present a talk about the local and very special organisation.

Held in the Bow Room at The Exchange.

On May 6th, 2020, 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.



Andrew Ploughman talk

Andrew Ploughman will speak about his work as a master thatcher.

Held in the Bow Room at The Exchange.

On June 3rd, 2020, 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.



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.