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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

News Clipping: World War Z star Brad Pitt was filming on the Dorset Coast

Brad Pitt delights Dorset fans by filming at Lulworth

A-list star Brad made a ‘Pitt-stop’ in Dorset to film. The Hollywood hunk was spotted at Lulworth Cove filming scenes from his new zombie movie World War Z. Dozens of fans battled the bad weather to try and get a glimpse of their idol as he ploughed through the waves in the cove on a speed boat.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo

Brad Pitt’s World War Z: sneak pics of the Dorset shoot 
Brad Pitt on the World War Z film set in Dorset
Brad pits his wits against zombies
Hollywood came to Dorset as Brad Pitt filmed a scene from his new zombie movie. Dozens of fans battled the wind and rain to get a glimpse of their idol as he made a special one day ‘Pitt-stop’ at Lulworth Cove to shoot a scene for his forthcoming movie World War Z. 
Brad Pitt films in Dorset
Superstar Brad made a Pitt-stop to Dorset to film scenes for his new movie this week. The Hollywood hunk was spotted at Lulworth Cove shooting his new zombie movie World War Z. 
Brad Pitt donates £700 to Southampton baby unit
A charity organiser said she managed to get Brad Pitt to donate £700 to a baby unit while he was filming in Dorset. Tricia Wilson-Hughes, who works at a gift shop in Lulworth, had managed to raise £40 from the crew of the zombie film World War Z, during a whip round.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Events: Chesil Mirror Appeal - A Fundraising Lecture at Dorset County Museum by Prof. Andrew Fitzpatrick of Wessex Archaeology

Chesil Mirror
The discovery of the burial of a woman who lived almost 2,000 years ago has brought us face to face with one of the most dramatic times in Dorset’s history. The 17-25 year old woman who was buried near Chesil died shortly after the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43. Her mourners placed an array of jewellery in her grave in one of the richest burials yet found in Dorset. As well as glass beads and a bronze bangle there was also a mirror. The back of the mirror is finely decorated with Iron Age Celtic art.

The grave was found by a metal-detector user. When he reported the discovery Bournemouth University promptly undertook an excavation to make sure that the find was carefully lifted and fully recorded. Now Dorset County Museum is campaigning to raising funds to buy and conserve this important find.

Dr Miles Russell, Senior Lecturer in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology, Bournemouth University said, “Although damaged, this is one of the finest pieces of Celtic Art yet recovered from the British Isles, the reverse of the bronze mirror being covered with an incredibly intricate pattern of carefully incised, swirling abstract loops. Created over 2,000 years ago, this highly personal artefact would undoubtedly have been the prized possession of a wealthy native aristocrat who lived long enough to see the Roman army invade and occupy her homeland. The discovery, excavation, recording and reporting of the find was a model co-operation between the metal detectorist who first made the find, the landowner and archaeologists from both Dorset County Council and Bournemouth University and was acknowledged as such in the bi-annual Dorset Archaeological awards of 2011.”

In a lecture to be given at the museum on Friday 30th November, Professor Andrew Fitzpatrick, who is an authority on the Iron Age, will tell the story of the discovery and explain the how it adds to our understanding of Iron Age and Roman Dorset.

The county is famous for spectacular hillforts like Maiden Castle but there is a wealth of other Iron Age sites and many important objects from this time are displayed in Dorset County Museum. These sites and finds make Dorset one of the most distinctive and important areas of Iron Age Britain.

At the beginning of history the people of Dorset were called the Durotriges. Unlike many neighbouring tribes, the Durotriges did not surrender to the Roman army. One of the bloodiest campaigns in the conquest for Roman Britain was fought between the Durotiges and the Roman army of Vespasian. The Chesil woman will have been a witness to this dramatic time in Dorset’s past and the discovery of her grave brings us face to face with history.
  • Tickets for the Chesil Mirror lecture cost £10 and are available from the Museum Shop on 01305 756827. Further information from shop@dorsetcountymuseum.org. The lecture is held on Friday 30th November 2012 at the Dorset County Museum and starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. 
Source: www.dorsetcountymuseum.org.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Event: Bonny Sartin: A Little Bit of Dorset

Bonny Sartin

On Friday 16th November at 7.30pm at the Dorset County Museum. Bonny Sartin, front man of the popular folk group The Yetties, returns to one of his favourite Dorchester venues for a special evening’s entertainment.

Entitled ‘A Little Bit of Dorset’, the event features Bonny’s unique blend of stories, songs, poems and folklore.  As Bonny says, “The chat, songs and poems illustrate why I love Dorset,” and include a song about his father’s skill as a poacher.  Other songs were inspired by Bonny’s childhood – trips to Weymouth, village outings, scrounging food and generally larking about.  There’s also a poem called ‘The Stagecoach’ by Dorset dialect poet, William Barnes, which was set to music over 100 years ago. 

With a lot of enthusiasm, an atmospheric venue and some audience participation, the evening is expected to run with a swing.

Tickets cost £9 and are available now from the Museum Shop on 01305 756827 or email shop@dorsetcountymusem.org.  The ticket price includes a glass of wine or Dorset cider and a piece of home-made Dorset apple cake.  Doors open from 7pm.

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