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Monday, 29 November 2010

News Clipping: Bournemouth author's ghostly insight

He served 21 years in the Royal Air Force and 31 years in the Police Force, but nothing could prepare Alan C Wood for the evening of August 14, 1981.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Monday 29th November 2010

Military Ghosts by Alan C Wood is published by Amberley priced £14.99 

Events: White Horses and Hill Figures Exhibition at Wiltshire Heritage Museum

An exhibition exploring the mysterious chalk hill figures carved into the landscape of Britain - with a particular emphasis on Wiltshire, will be on display at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum until 27 February 2011.

There are many white horses and hill figures carved into the landscape across the country, from the Uffington White Horse, to the Cerne Abbas Giant and the Long Man of Wilmington.

Our exhibition focuses primarily on the chalk figures of Wiltshire where spirited white horses can be seen galloping across the chalk downlands and military badges stamp poignant reminders of the past into the landscape.

To see and hear more about the exhibition, see our Exhibitions Officer, Jenna Spellane, interviewed by Vision News South..

Exploring their location, design, history, legends, folklore and maintenance requirements the exhibition features some stunnning aerial photographs provided by Last Refuge Ltd, to whom we are immensely grateful. The exhibition also includes historical items and ephemera, as well as artistic interpretations through photographs, artwork, ceramics and poetry from local, national and international artists. Items from the Museum's own collection not usually on show are included, together with items from other organisations and private collectors.

Exciting additions were made to the displays during November giving visitors the opportunity to see more fascinating objects, including new works by David Inshaw, Helen Chester, Joanna May and Alan Bond.

Pride of place amongst these new artworks is a stunning and previously unseen original oil painting of the Cerne Abbas Giant by internationally renowned artist and Devizes resident, David Inshaw. Also new is an oil painting of the Uffington White Horse Hill by Anna Dillon. Anna’s artwork showcases her vibrant style which focuses upon the contours and light of the landscapes she depicts. New works by Wiltshire artist Helen Chester show Wiltshire’s white horses in a contemporary style, using intense colours to reflect the passage of time and seasons. A beautiful triptych from wildlife artist Joanna May’s Mystical Hares series, shows white horses alongside her trademark British brown hares. Joanna is a recognised artist whose work has been sold at Christies and featured on BBC’s Springwatch. A series of sculptures by Seven Seven artist Alan Bond imagines the horse as a three-dimensional animal or roadside hoarding and plays with the distortions that often arises from photographic images. Alongside these new artworks are historical programmes and souvenirs showing celebrations held at the Westbury White Horse for coronations and jubilees.

A day school exploring the chalk figures carved into the landscape of Britain was held in July, followed by an evening walk to the Devizes Millennium White Horse and in August we had a White Horse themed Family Day. In September we held a very successful Wiltshire White Horses and Hill Figures Forum and in October there was an opportunity to walk in the Pewsey Vale to the spot where two of Wiltshire's white horses face each other. 

Booking: Not required. Museum open seven days a week 10am to 5pm (Sundays noon to 4pm) Cost:   Usual Admission charges apply

Source -Wiltshire Heritage Museum

Saturday, 20 November 2010

News Clipping: Whale of a task for bone expert

A curious 130-year old whalebone arch gracing Chideock Manor has been preserved for posterity thanks to a bit of serendipity and a lot of specialist knowledge.  Deirdre and Howard Coates bought Chideock Manor 14 years ago and have watched the whalebone arch – probably dating back to around 1880 – steadily crumble before their eyes.

READ MORE - Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Saturday 20th November 2010

More information visit http://www.natural-history-conservation.com/chideock.htm

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Events: Going down the years at Upwey

The history of the villages of Upwey and Broadwey will be on display at a weekend exhibition.

The displays show how the villages have changed over the years and recall events, celebrations, people and places over the past 100 years or so.

The exhibition is at the Upwey & Broadwey Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue, Upwey near Weymouth, on Saturday and Sunday, November 20 and 21 from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. 

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 9th November 2010

Monday, 8 November 2010

News Clipping: Duo dig up Bronze Age artefacts in West Dorset field

Two treasure hunters have unearthed hoards of ancient artefacts. Steve Tharp of Tatton, Weymouth, and Shawn Miller, of Southwell, Portland are delighted that their latest items have been declared as late Bronze Age treasure at an inquest in Dorchester.

 READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Monday 8th November 2010

Friday, 5 November 2010

News Clipping: Museum plans to become world class

Lyme Regis Museum has the potential to become a world class centre for fossils and palaeontology – but it needs more space to do it.  Museum bosses say they are still committed to extending the building as visitor numbers have soared to around 25,000 a year.

READ MORE - Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Friday 5th November 2010

Thursday, 4 November 2010

News Clipping: Dorset author Ruth Binney's book of weather lore

Country sayings and weather warnings form the subject of the latest book from a Dorset author. Ruth Binney, 67, from West Stafford, is releasing her seventh book, Wise Words And Country Ways Weather Lore. The work is an illustrated collection of old sayings relating to rural life and the great British climate, with descriptions of how they came about.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 4th November 2010

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

News Clipping: Wimborne Folk Festival faces axe over funding

Wimborne Folk Festival could be cancelled next year if vital council funding is cut.  The famous annual event, which celebrated its 30th birthday in July, made a loss of just under £3,000 this year and will struggle to go ahead if local government money doesn’t come through.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Wednesday 3rd November 2010
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