Current Exhibitions

New Exhibitions Opening February 2019

Ladies of Dorset

Through the lives of several remarkable individuals, this exhibition showcases the great contribution of Dorset’s women to our local, national and cultural heritage throughout the past two centuries. Celebrated in the displays are: renowned paleontologist Mary Anning (1799-1847), Lady of Kingston Lacey Henrietta Bankes (1867-1953), socialite and ambassador Pamela Churchill-Harriman, née…

Styles that Changed Fashion

An exhibition of iconic dress shapes from the twentieth century, this exhibition looks at vintage fashions that have had a lasting influence on what we wear today. Highlights include flapper style dresses from the 1920s, mini dresses from the 1960s, and a Chanel suit, all of which have helped to…

After the War

To coincide with the centennary of the First World War, this exhibition celebrates the fashions that emerged after the end of the war, with a range of clothing and accessories from the late 1910s and early 1920s.


A chronological look at dress in scenes of everyday life from the 1920s to the 1970s, with each display representing one decade of what we now call ‘retro’ fashion. The displays showcase not only the clothes but also the accessories that characterised these decades, and the lifestyles that went with…

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