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Bridport Museum has new exhibits
Bridport Museum staff are busy preparing a host of new displays ready for when the doors open for the new season later this month.
Old photos of the town, including an early panorama from St Mary’s Church tower, will give a unique glimpse of Bridport in the past.
And by contrast, some very new artwork will be on show from local primary children and older artists from Harbour House in West Bay and Chancery House Day Centre.
“The panoramic photograph itself is far too delicate to be put on display, but a double size print of it will allow visitors to see details and pick out buildings and spots in the town that they recognise,” said museum curator Emily Hicks.
“The children and older people have learned about Dr Roberts (the well-known Bridport physician), and produced a variety of artwork inspired by him and the theme of wellbeing. The project was led by artists, Eileen Haste, Sarah Butterworth and Nancy Clemance.
“Another display has been put together by the Peverell Quilters. The group visited the museum last season to look at some of the quilts and textiles from the collection “They’ve chosen favourite things connected to Bridport to inspire the creation of 10 quilts which include images like the museum and Colmer’s Hill. These will be on display along with older ones.”
The museum is also showing items given by Frances Sanctuary.
Mrs Sanctuary lived in Uploders and was heavily involved in the museum from its early days. She gave many things including her bridesmaid’s dress to the museum.
There will also be a display of recently-donated Victorian gowns.
“Entry to the museum is free and there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained, “ said Ms Hicks.
“This season we have a bumper book sale to raise funds to keep our work going. They include many titles on local history, and other historical subjects.”
Bridport Museum opens its doors on Saturday, March 23, at 10am and is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am-5pm until November 2.