AN HISTORIC museum is set to reopen to visitors next week.

The Grade-I listed Georgian courthouse in High West Street, Dorchester is home to the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum which will be welcoming back visitors from Monday, May 17.

The museum is a registered charity, run by the Shire Hall Trust. It was restored thanks to a £1.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which was match-funded by the now-amalgamated West Dorset District Council, which used to be based at Shire Hall.

Shire Hall brings more than 200 years of justice and injustice to life. With interactive galleries, immersive cells and the impressive courtroom.

There is already a schedule of events planned at Shire Hall, starting with an invasion of pirates at half-term.

Families are invited to join Shire Hall for a week of activities, including a treasure hunt around the museum and breakfast with a pirate.