Project Completed with our opening ceremony on April 14, 2022 !

We were pleased to reopen the “old” building in 2021 for a short summer season.   Over the winter, we focussed on finishing the electrics, heating and carpets, and equipping the 2 new rooms ready for theopening in Spring 2022.  We really look forward to the next step in the project, enabling us to expand into and with the community.  

Dr Murray Rose, Chairman of the Trustees says “The actual building phase of our Expansion Project, part-funded by the National Lottery, is now completed, with our contractors having left in early February 2021.  It went very well and ran to time despite the pandemic causing an additional dimension which hadn’t been anticipated before we started.”

Phase II of the construction – the carpentry, doors, stairs , and painting – has been completed by ourselves, leaving only finishing the electrics, heating and carpets for the building work to be completed by contractors. This is now all complete and we are fully open again.

Our extension will enable us to:

The final agreed design with the West Dorset District Council  is  far from a replication of a 200-year old building style. The preservation of the rear façade will be achieved by a glass link affording a view of the old building and parts of Beaminster. The unusual shape of the rear plot posed problems which will be solved by the use of a zinc raised-seam roof in the place of slate. The Exhibition gallery will be clad in a yellow stock brick, matching well the stone of the existing museum.  The extension will be a talking point of which we shall be deservedly proud”.