We are on a mission to build Shire Hall as a place that engages visitors with the history of justice and injustice in Dorset. We aim to inspire people to make a difference to society, politics, and justice for all. Your support helps us to do this. As an individual or organisation you can be part of our story.

Shire Hall is a touchstone for social justice and human rights history and plays a key role in the cultural and heritage landscape of the South West.

We are the custodians of more than 200 years of the history of law and order and seek to present an increasing number of these incredibly rich, moving and often inspiring stories to a growing audience, enriching the lives of those who visit us and creating a platform for those interested in delving deeper into the history and relevance of law, order and social justice for all.

We are also responsible for the care of this stunning Grade 1 listed building, which is a rare architectural gem, being one of the best-preserved buildings of its kind, and remaining almost unchanged since it first opened in 1796–7.

Our programme of exhibitions, schools and community projects, talks and events is significant in its breadth and accessibility.

We make only one third of our income from ticket sales and, as a charity, we rely on the generosity of our family of donors and supporters to ensure that we can survive and thrive. Your support, at any level, is hugely important and makes a vital contribution to our museum.