Dorset County Museum closed in October 2018 for a two-year multi-million pound redevelopment after hosting the Natural History Museum’s famous Dippy the Dinosaur.
Whilst it is being redeveloped, Dorset Museum has been sending out a huge inflatable museum to entertain families across the county, popping up in Dorchester, Portland, Weymouth and Stalbridge so far.
Families of Blandford are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the fun filled pop-up as it’s set to come to the Corn Exchange, Blandford on Saturday 15th February, 11am – 3pm.
Entry is free to everyone, and visitors will be able to learn about and handle real objects from the Museum’s extensive collection. Creating memorable and inspiring learning experiences based on the history of Dorset, families can enjoy dressing up, learning about the collection and taking part in craft activities.
Emma Talbot, Head of Learning at Dorset Museum said: “The team at Dorset Museum are really excited to take our amazing inflatable museum to Blandford. We have been overwhelmed by the number of visitors and families across Dorset who have engaged with the tour so far. It’s a great opportunity to explore our collection of Archaeology, Natural History, Social History and Fossils while the Museum is closed.”
This fantastic inflatable replica of Dorset Museum has been a huge success attracting hundreds of visitors. In collaboration with Artsreach, the inflatable is an initiative of the Museum and was created with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Manchester Museum. It aims to be an immersive learning environment designed to bring the wonder and curiosity of Dorset Museum and its fascinating collections to communities across Dorset while the Museum undergoes its multi-million-pound redevelopment.
Whilst the Inflatable Museum is visiting Blandford, you may want to pay a visit to Blandford Town Museum near the Corn Exchange, where Dorset Museum has four very special objects from its collection currently on loan. These include items from the Blandford-born artist and sculptor, Alfred Stevens’ collection including a fireplace surround made by Coalbrookdale Iron Company in Shropshire in 1860, and a framed photograph of a mirror designed and hand carved by the artist for Dorchester House. Also on loan, are a George II longcase clock made by John Spinney of Blandford and a George II wheel barometer made by John Bastard, an architect who with his brother William were instrumental in rebuilding much of the town after the devastating fire of 1731.