BRIDPORT Museum reopens for 2014 on Saturday, April 5, with exhibitions ranging from West Bay via feathers and fur to painted eggs.

Drawing Inspiration... From West Bay, curated by volunteer David Alcock, is an exhibition of paintings and drawings of Bridport harbour from the museum’s collection.

It is part of a Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty project across the area and will feature an online element to allow people to discuss the paintings, and add their own images and photographs.

Feathers, Fur and Frills is from a collection of about 100 birds and a variety of mammals, gathered by the Revered Hutton and given to the Museum in the 1930s.

Several different displays will explore the collections, alongside social history and textile exhibits.

The Chideock Egg Lady: One Woman’s Role in the First World War has been curated by local writer Frances Colville, who has transcribed letters from our collection and put together an exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

Across the county there was a National Egg Collection. Towns like Bridport were a central point for collecting eggs that were sent to wounded soldiers in hospital.

Chideock resident Chrissie Squire decided she would paint the eggs she was sending – with little pictures, poems and good luck messages.

Some of the soldiers wrote back to her, thanking her for her kind thoughtfulness.

Some of the letters will be on display to view, as well as recordings of them.

Bridport Museum is open from April 5 to November 1 from Monday to Saturday from 10am-5pm.