Museum runs literary fundraising event
Dorset County Museum will be running a fundraising event on 30th August 2014. The event will take place between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm at St Peterâ€™s Church hall, High West Street, Dorchester. Stalls will include home-made produce and preserves, books and bric-a-brac, a raffle and tombola and childrenâ€™s clothes and toys. Refreshments will be available and there will be plenty of activities for children.
Between 11.00 am and 12.00 pm Tim Laycock, well-known folk musician, actor and storyteller will be performing Dorset music and songs.
The event will help the Museum update the William Barnes Gallery which is dedicated to Dorsetâ€™s greatest dialect poet. Some of the money will also be put towards the purchase of a portrait of Giles Dugdale â€“ an author and previous member of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society which runs the Museum. The portrait, together with a collection of manuscripts, books and cuttings relating to William Barnes, are part of a private family collection and are being sold for Â£3,000.
â€œGiles Dugdale played a key role in bringing the literary genius of William Barnes, Dorsetâ€™s greatest dialect poet, to light,â€ said Jon Murden, Director of Dorset County Museum. â€œHe was also co-founder of the Museum and therefore his portrait is an important part of our Dorset heritage.â€
The William Barnes Society has already donated Â£500 towards the purchase of the portrait. It is hoped that the fundraising event on 30th August will raise the rest of the funds needed to keep the portrait in its rightful place in Dorset County Museum.
For more information about the project, or to make a donation,please contact Jenny Cripps at the Museum on email@example.com
For more information please Tel: 01305 262735 or visit our website at www.dorsetcountymuseum.org.
A Barnes Supper
19:30 till 20:30
William Barnes Folklore and Folk Songs with Jerry Bird
10:30 till 12:00
Annual Service of Remembrance of William Barnes
14:30 till 16:00
Celebrating William Barnes with Tim Laycock and Friends
10:30 till 12:00
Morning Service of Remembrance at St Peters, Dorchester
19:00 till 21:00
2018 Annual General Meeting of the William Barnes Society