What’s On

Plays, talks, family activities, music, debates – there is something for everyone at Shire Hall! Keep an eye on this page to see what’s coming up.

Event
Shire Hall Breakfast Club

Shire Hall Breakfast Club

Every Wednesday and Saturday 10am - 12pm
Delicious breakfast and a hot drink for £10!
Event
Jarman (Production)

Jarman (Production)

Wednesday 28th February, 7:30 pm
In association with Shire Hall Museum for LGBTQ+ History Month, join Dorchester Arts at The Corn Exchange for a production of the award-winning 'Jarman'.
Talk
Talk: Martha Brown- Capital Punishment and Women in the Criminal Justice System

Talk: Martha Brown- Capital Punishment and Women in the Criminal Justice System

Friday 8th March, 7pm
Join Dr Rose Wallis to explore the broader legal and cultural significance of the case of Martha Brown and its resonance today.
Exhibition
Asking For It

Asking For It

Friday 8th March - Saturday 27th April
This impactful photography exhibition from Jayne Jackson explores changing opinions towards historical and current tendencies toward victim blaming.
EventWorkshop
Dorchester Dulcimer Weekend

Dorchester Dulcimer Weekend

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March.
Hear and learn how to play two incredible instruments in concerts and workshops at Shire Hall Museum
Talk
Talk: Ethel Rosenburg, Communist spy or artistic myth?

Talk: Ethel Rosenburg, Communist spy or artistic myth?

Saturday 6th April, 2pm
In this talk, author and journalist Anne Sebba explores the life of Ethel Rosenburg and her infamous 1951 trial which turned her into an American icon.
Talk
Talk: The Tolpuddle Martyrs

Talk: The Tolpuddle Martyrs

Saturday 4th May, 2pm
In this talk, local historian Brian Bates explores the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, arguably the most famous trail to take place at Shire Hall.
Talk
Talk: The Son of a Spy

Talk: The Son of a Spy

Saturday 8th June, 2pm
Join Mike Randall to discuss his father's extraordinary life. From escaping a prisoner of war camp during WW2 to becoming a 'diplomat' in Moscow and East Berlin
EventFamily event
Dorset Youth Pride at Shire Hall Museum!

Dorset Youth Pride at Shire Hall Museum!

Saturday 13th July
Dorset Youth Pride is an inclusive event welcoming all members of the LGBT+ community, families, young people and allies.
Talk
Talk: Mary Channing

Talk: Mary Channing

Monday 29th July, 3pm
Discover the fascinating story of Mary Channing, the last woman to be burned at the stake in Dorset.
Talk
Talk: Underground Dorchester Tunnels

Talk: Underground Dorchester Tunnels

Saturday 14th September, 2pm.
Hear about the hidden Dorchester under your feet in a fascinating talk with Councillor David Taylor.
EventFestive Event
Shire Hall Christmas Market

Shire Hall Christmas Market

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November, 10am - 4pm
Join us at Shire Hall for our Christmas Market!
Talk
Talk: 150 years of courtroom drama

Talk: 150 years of courtroom drama

Saturday 7th December, 2pm
Join Shire Hall Museum's Learning Manager Anne Brown to explore the fascinating stories of people taken through our historic courtroom.