Shire Hall will be hosting ‘Wicked Wessex’, the latest Objects On Tour by the Wessex Museums Partnership, in lieu of Dorset County Museum.

Each of the Wessex Museums Partners have chosen an object that explores the term ‘Wicked Wessex’. Pop in to see one of these four grisly objects, which will rotate around the four locations.

Miserable Maritime in Wessex
Cat-o’-nine-tails (Poole Museum)
20 July – 5 October 2019

Poole was a maritime centre in the 1700s and 1800s, but life was tough for the men who crewed the ships.

The cat-o’-nine-tails was a type of whip used in the Royal Navy. A sailor could be flogged for anything from drunkenness to desertion. Each of the cat’s ‘tails’ was knotted to increase the pain of the lashes.

Wessex Museums Partnership comprises Dorset County Museum, Poole Museum Service, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum.