Dorset is full of historic houses, towns and villages, but beneath them often lie the traces of older settlements now lost and forgotten. Researching and investigating these ancient sites is the aim of the Dorset Castles Research Group, which started by concentrating on early Norman castles and then expanded its interest to prehistoric field systems and vanished manor houses. To kick off the Poole Museum Society 2016/7 season of talks, we are delighted to welcome Roger Hills who will be telling us about the Group’s project in East Lulworth to rediscover the 17th century ornamental gardens, the 12th century castle and the lost village of East Lulworth itself. This settlement which went back to Saxon times was demolished at the end of the 18th century to make way for the parkland estate of the Weld family. ‘East Lulworth: 1000 years of history’ is on Wednesday 21st September at 7.30pm and visitors are very welcome to come along.
This autumn we also have two special Saturday afternoon events. On Saturday 1st October at 2.30pm, author David Leadbetter will be introducing us to ‘Prehistoric Times in Purbeck’, exploring ancient sites and features in an corner of Dorset which has known both rural tranquillity and intensive industry. Based on a very varied geology, Purbeck’s resources of shale, clay and stone have been exploited by man from at least the Bronze Age. It is rich in ancient settlements, traces of industrial workings, burial mounds and some prehistoric features whose purpose remains mysterious to us today. Come and find out more from a speaker with a wide knowledge and great enthusiasm for this special area. All welcome.
Our second Saturday talk highlights the vital role of drawing in artistic practice over the centuries. This autumn, Poole Museum is hosting an exceptional exhibition of drawings from the British Museum’s collection by some of the world’s most famous artists, Rembrandt, Dürer, Picasso and Michelangelo through to Cézanne, Rodin and Bridget Riley. In her talk, ‘Lines of thought: Drawing dissected’, curator Isabel Seligman from the British Museum will explain the inspiration behind the exhibition and how a programme of workshops for London art schools influenced its curation. The talk is on Saturday 15th October at 2.30 and booking is essential. Visitors are welcome and at the risk of revisiting an old advertising cliché, anyone interested is advised to book early to avoid disappointment!
All three talks will be held in the meeting room on the 5th floor of the Museum. For full details including booking, and for the rest of the season’s programme, see Forthcoming Society Events.