Heritage Events - June 2019

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Thursday 6th, 1pm
06. Encombe House Garden Visit Friends Only Event

The historic Encombe House and Estate is nestled within a stunning valley in the Purbeck hills. Largely hidden from view, the house and garden have developed over the past few hundred years. The main garden to the south of the house includes large sweeping borders filled with grasses and perennials that embrace the Temple and behind this lies the beautiful walled garden. Elsewhere, there are woodland walks, wildflower meadows, lakes, a kitchen garden, glasshouses, and wilder areas all with glimpses of the Jurassic coast. There will also be a short walk out to the coast to look at the wider estate followed by a stroll around the gardens with refreshments being served in the Temple. There will be no access to the house.
The garden is not open to the public and this exclusive visit is by kind permission of Mr and Mrs J Gaggero.
Tickets: £23
Meet: Details on Ticket

Wednesday 12th, 10.30am
07. Discover Sherborne

Enjoy a day out in the historic town of Sherborne, which is without doubt one of the most beautiful towns in England, with its abundance of medieval buildings, superb Abbey and picturesque streets. Starting with a bespoke two hour tour of the town by Blue Badge guide Cindy Chant, who has many stories to tell, there is then time to have lunch and a wander around the many independent shops, before a tour of the magnificent Abbey by one of the expert guides.
(As a working church in the community, there is a risk of the Abbey tour being cancelled in the event of a funeral service)
Tickets: £15
Meet: Details on Ticket

Wednesday 19th, 2pm
08. Dr Marie Stopes and the founding of Portland Museum - Talk by David Carter

Dr Marie Stopes is best known for her work as a pioneer in popularising the use of birth control in the United Kingdom, but she started her career as a Paleobotanist and in 1905 she was the youngest Doctor of Science in the country. She was also a prolific writer, poet, dramatist, social reformer and eugenicist. Between the years 1922 to 1957 she lived in the Upper Lighthouse on Portland, a place she adored and while living there she became the founder, curator and benefactor of Portland Museum.
Tickets: £6
Meet: Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Monday 24th, 2pm
09. Lipsticks and Library Books - Talk by Jackie Winter

This is the story of libraries that were once situated within the stores of Boots the Chemist. The libraries were very popular and flourished throughout the UK from 1899 -1966. Dorset had its fair share, with five branches in Bournemouth alone and others in towns such as Poole, Blandford, Dorchester and Wimborne. With entertaining tales to tell from members of staff and former subscribers, this is an interesting and almost forgotten piece of our social history. The talk is illustrated with many slides, including some fascinating adverts from the war years.
Tickets: £6
Meet: Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne