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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.

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Shire Hall Breakfast Club

Shire Hall Breakfast Club

Every Wednesday and Saturday 10am - 12pm
Delicious breakfast and endless tea and coffee for just £6!
Exhibition
Raising Voices: Women and the Justice System

Raising Voices: Women and the Justice System

Opening Tuesday 8th March 2022
A new series from Shire Hall Museum, exploring women's experiences with justice and sharing their stories through their own words.
Exhibition
Agatha Christie Exhibition

Agatha Christie Exhibition

Friday 29th April - Friday 2nd September
Join us at Shire Hall for an exhibition examining the life and works of one of the country's favourite crime writers, Agatha Christie.
Talk
Teas and Talks- On the Parish: Life in the Victorian Workhouse

Teas and Talks- On the Parish: Life in the Victorian Workhouse

Saturday 7th May 2022
Luke Mouland presents a talk on 'The Parish: Life in the Victorian Workhouse'
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Shire Hall Memory Café

Shire Hall Memory Café

Monday 9th May 2022 10am-12pm
Join us for the Shire Hall Memory Cafe
Talk
Talk: The Incredible Mrs Van Der Elst

Talk: The Incredible Mrs Van Der Elst

Tuesday 24th May 2022
As part of our Raising Voices series, we welcome back Brian Bates to give us an incredible insight into the life of this extraordinary woman!
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Cake Concert

Cake Concert

Thursday 26th May, 2pm - 3:30pm
Join musicians from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for a dementia-friendly Cake Concert at Shire Hall Museum.
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Drinks in the Clink – Cocktails and Crime

Drinks in the Clink – Cocktails and Crime

Friday 27th May 2022
Enjoy a brilliant cocktail evening at Shire Hall!
Family event
May Half-Term: Shire Hall Detectives

May Half-Term: Shire Hall Detectives

Monday 30th May - Saturday 4th June
Find clues and solve Shire Hall Museum's Mystery this May Half-Term!
Talk
Hanging, Punishment and Justice in the works of Thomas Hardy

Hanging, Punishment and Justice in the works of Thomas Hardy

Thursday 2 June 2022 7pm
This talk is part of Shire Hall’s Raising Voices series and is given in with the support of the Thomas Hardy Society.
Talk
Teas and Talks: The Trial of John Brake, 1850.

Teas and Talks: The Trial of John Brake, 1850.

Saturday 4th June 2022, 2pm
In this talk, Philip Browne will show how the Corn Laws pitted landowners and farmers against the poor and those who supported Free Trade.
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Shire Hall Memory Café

Shire Hall Memory Café

Monday 13th June 2022, 10am-12pm
Join us for the Shire Hall Memory Cafe
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Drinks in the clink ~ Gin Masterclass

Drinks in the clink ~ Gin Masterclass

Friday 24th June 2022
Join Lloyd from DarkBear on a stroll through Gin lane
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Dorset Youth Pride at Shire Hall

Dorset Youth Pride at Shire Hall

Sunday 26th June 2022
Dorset Youth Pride is an inclusive event welcoming all members of the LGBT+ community, families, young people and allies.
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Murder Mystery Evening

Murder Mystery Evening

Friday 1st July 2022
Death in the Shire- "Court" red handed!
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Shire Hall Memory Café

Shire Hall Memory Café

Monday 11th July 2022, 10am-12pm
Join us for the Shire Hall Memory Cafe
Talk
The Portable Antiquities Scheme & the Treasure Act

The Portable Antiquities Scheme & the Treasure Act

Saturday 16th July, 2pm
This talk will cover the background of the PAS, the definition of Treasure , illustrate the range of material recorded, and introduce the PAS database.
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Cyanotype Printing Workshop

Cyanotype Printing Workshop

Saturday 23rd July 2022
Cyanotype printing is a 19th Century photographic printing process that uses a mixture of iron salts to produce a beautiful Prussian blue colour.
Event
Drinks in the Clink – Cocktails and Crime

Drinks in the Clink – Cocktails and Crime

Friday 29th July 2022
Enjoy a brilliant cocktail evening at Shire Hall!
Talk
Teas and Talks – Transported for the rest of your natural life

Teas and Talks – Transported for the rest of your natural life

Saturday 6th August, 2pm
Transported for the rest of your natural life

Mike Randall
Headteacher of an 'outstanding' school for 30+ years
Event
Shire Hall Memory Café

Shire Hall Memory Café

Monday 8th August 2022 10am-12pm
Join us for the Shire Hall Memory Cafe
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‘You the Jury Day’ with Diane Janes.

‘You the Jury Day’ with Diane Janes.

Thursday 25th August 2022
We will spend the day considering two cases of real-life murder or suspected murder which occurred in England between 1900-1975.
Talk
Teas and Talks – From dishwasher to Dame

Teas and Talks – From dishwasher to Dame

Saturday 3rd September 2022
From dishwasher to Dame- the story of Florence Hancock who rose from poverty in Chippenham to be President of the TUC.
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Shire Hall Bingo!

Shire Hall Bingo!

Thursday 8th September, 7pm
Cash prizes to be won, Shire Hall's Bingo is a fun night out for everyone.
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Shire Hall Memory Café

Shire Hall Memory Café

Monday 12th September 2022 10am-12pm
Join us for the Shire Hall Memory Cafe
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Caroline Parrott Jewellery Workshop

Caroline Parrott Jewellery Workshop

Sunday 25th September 2022
Suitable for beginners and those with experience of jewellery making.
Event
Shire Hall Memory Café

Shire Hall Memory Café

Monday 10th October 2022 10am-12pm
Join us for the Shire Hall Memory Cafe
Talk
Exploring stories of Dorset’s Black History With Louisa Adjoa Parker

Exploring stories of Dorset’s Black History With Louisa Adjoa Parker

Saturday 15th October 2022, 2pm
This talk will explore the presence of African diaspora people in Dorset over 400 years.
Event
Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the Cells

Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the Cells

Saturday 29th October, 7pm
This is a brilliant and unique night out for any school of wizardry fan….
Talk
Teas and Talks – Whispers and Cries

Teas and Talks – Whispers and Cries

Saturday 5th November 2022
Whispers and Cries: Listening for the Voices of the Dead in a Nineteenth-Century Courtroom.
Tim Hitchcock

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Shire Hall Memory Café

Shire Hall Memory Café

Monday 14th November 2022 10am-12pm
Join us for the Shire Hall Memory Cafe
Festive event
Shire Hall Christmas Market

Shire Hall Christmas Market

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November, 10am - 4pm
Join us at Shire Hall for our Christmas Market!
Festive event
Christmas Afternoon Tea

Christmas Afternoon Tea

28th of November - 23rd December, 11am - 3pm
Indulge in a glass of fizz and afternoon tea at Shire Hall this December.
Exhibition
Crossings: Community and Refuge

Crossings: Community and Refuge

1st December 2022 - 26th February 2023
Crossings: community and refuge, a spotlight loan from the British Museum, explores questions of identity, belonging and sharing our world.
Event
Shire Hall Memory Café

Shire Hall Memory Café

Monday 12th December 2022 10am-12pm
Join us for the Shire Hall Memory Cafe.
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Frosty Lanes & Fireside Cheer

Frosty Lanes & Fireside Cheer

Thursday 15th December 2022
Christmas Music and Tales from Hardy’s Wessex & beyond.
Family eventFestive event
Breakfast with Father Christmas!

Breakfast with Father Christmas!

Saturday 17th, Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd December
Breakfast club with a special guest!