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Hardy’s Wessex: Delivering Home Grown Exhibitions in Partnership

Hardy’s Wessex: Delivering Home Grown Exhibitions in Partnership

Explore the concept, model, challenges and successes of the exhibition 'Hardy’s Wessex: the landscapes that inspired a writer'.


A hybrid in person and online event.

Following the success of our first hybrid event held at The Bishop’s Palace, Wells in March, we are delighted to invite you to join us for another hybrid event at Dorset Museum, Dorchester. If you are unable to attend the event in-person, please join us for the lunchtime talk, which will be hosted online..

First conceived in 2015 and four years in the planning, Hardy’s Wessex: the landscapes that inspired a writer, is an exhibition that challenged the Wessex Museum Partners to deliver a blockbuster, home grown exhibition across four museums simultaneously. Sharing concept, collections, resources, marketing and venues, Hardy’s Wessex is a unique experiment in partnership delivery and sharing museum audiences. This event will explore the concept, model, challenges and successes to date. Both the partnership delivery team and the partner museums will share their experiences. In-person attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibition and explore Dorset Museum's permanent galleries, which opened in May 2021 after a 17-million redevelopment.

About the speakers:

Kristina Broughton is the Partnership Manager for Wessex Museums, a consortium of four museums across Dorset & Wiltshire, an NPO and a registered charity. She led the partnership team throughout the development and delivery of Hardy’s Wessex and has recently joined the South West Fed as our new Chair.

Harriet Still is one of the UK’s leading experts on Thomas Hardy. She is curator for the Wessex Museums exhibition, Hardy’s Wessex, which is taking place at Dorset Museum, Poole Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum.

Lucy Johnston is Exhibitions Officer at Dorset Museum, home of the largest collection of Thomas Hardy objects in the world. Lucy was responsible for conceiving the original exhibition in 2015 and has been directly involved the Hardy’s Wessex collections loans and exhibition at Dorset Museum.


10.30 - 11.00 Arrival and registration (please meet at reception)

11.00 -12.00 Visit the Hardy exhibition

12.00 -12.45 Lunch (bring packed lunch or purchase in the café)

13.00 -14.00 Presentation: ‘Hardy's Wessex: Delivering Home Grown Exhibitions in Partnership’ (with live stream via Zoom)

14.00 -15.00 Free time to visit the rest of the museum / networking

15.00 Departure


£5 for the day

£2.75 for the online talk only

All tickets available for members only.

It is free to join the South West Fed, click here to join and receive your membership number, which you will need in order to book..


Start Time
10:00 AM
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Finish Time
03:00 PM
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Hybrid event at Dorset Museum, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA
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