Calling All Mini Musketeers! Museum of East Dorset Prepares for a Half-Term History Adventure.

Brace yourselves for a half-term full of historical fun at the Museum of East Dorset.

This May, the museum is excited to announce a series of exciting activities designed to transport your little ones back in time to the thrilling world of the Civil War.

Become a Marvellous Mascot Maker

On Monday, 27th May, from 10am to 12pm, take part in the ‘Marvellous Mascots’ drop-in clay session. Discover the story of a famous 17th Century war dog mascot and then unleash your creativity by making your own miniature mascot out of clay. Free with museum entry.

March into History with the Little Explorers Mini Musketeers

The popular Little Explorer’s children’s craft event returns on Tuesday 28th May from 10am – 1pm.

Discover heraldry and make amazing flags, just like real soldiers from the past. Explore the museum garden and search for trail clues and enjoy story time with friends from Wimborne Library. Only £3.50 per child.

Create Hidden Messages with Wax Seals

On Wednesday 29th May join the museum’s ‘Secrets and Seals’ drop-in family session. Learn how messages were sent in the 17th century, craft your own secret message using a quill pen, and seal it with a wax stamp to keep it hidden from prying eyes. The session runs from 10am – 12pm and is free with museum entry.

Explore Dorset’s Role in National Upheavals

Rebellion and Revolt is the fascinating new exhibition currently on display at the museum until Saturday 12th October 2024. This thought-provoking exhibit delves into two pivotal national struggles that profoundly impacted Dorset: The English Civil War of the 1640s and the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685. Museum admission applies.

Rebellion and Revolt goes beyond simply revisiting history. This summer, history will come alive in Wimborne. History buffs won’t want to miss the thrilling ‘Battle for Wimborne’ reenactment staged by the English Civil War Society in May. In September, the Wimborne Militia will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Museum of East Dorset’s exhibition serves as a perfect companion piece to these exciting local events, offering deeper insights into the historical context that shaped Dorset.

For more information, visit www.museumofeastdorset.co.uk

Clay Dog by Lara Longford