Discover more about Shire Hall’s history and the stories of the people whose lives were forever changed here with our informative talks.
As well as our Tea and Talks series at Shire Hall, we can come to you and your group to deliver one of our engaging and informative talks on the following subjects:
150 Years of Courtroom Drama
A History of Shire Hall with stories of people who were tried in the courtroom.
Crime and Punishment over Time
An investigation of the cases of two young people who were tried at Shire Hall for the same crime but 40 years apart. This talk looks at how crime and punishment changed over this period and examines the reasons behind this.
In the Dock!
A look at the stories of some of the people who appeared in court at Shire Hall. From tragedy to comedy, what can they tell us about life in Dorset in the past?
Victorian Children in the Dock
Children as young as 7 years old were tried in the courtroom at Shire Hall. This talk examines a number of these children’s stories.
The Tolpuddle Martyrs and Shire Hall
An introduction to the story of the 6 agricultural labourers known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs and their historic connection to Shire Hall.