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Wessex in 100 Objects (1)

Hi readers, it’s Emily, Kerry and William here this week talking about a project we’ve just been involved in, working with Dorset Museum.


A few months ago, Dorset Museum invited People First Dorset to be part of their, ‘Wessex in 100 Objects’ project. We heard about it and jumped at the chance of taking this on, so it was agreed we could do this, and then we could write about it here!  


So, what’s the project about? Dorset Museum is part of a group of other museums across Dorset and Wiltshire called Wessex Museums. Each of the museums are inviting in a cross-section of members of their local community, asking them to choose an object that they personally resonate with. With Dorset Museum, the idea is that stories of Dorset will be told by the people of Dorset. We don’t know when the exhibition will be on, but we will let you know when we hear!


To choose our object, we had a brilliant visit, and tour of Dorset Museum’s  ‘Collection Discovery Centre’. It’s in the basement and packed full of items not on display in the main museum. We were blown away as there was so much to see, it was hard to take it all in. We could have spent hours in there!


We really enjoyed learning more about some of these objects while we were there, helping us to better understand the local way of life over the centuries, including the stories of people living in Dorset.


It was hard to choose just one object that we all could relate to, not because we can’t agree, but because there were so many! Tune in next week to find out what we chose, and what it meant to us.


The writers of the Our View column are supported in their editing by People First Dorset - a charity led and run by people with learning disabilities with support from staff

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