DorsetDorset Museums have many varied collections of archaeological, geological, social history and fine art material.

All of Dorset’s museums are independent charities, some of which receive funding from their local councils, but nearly all rely on their own fundraising and/or admission charges.

Details of the museums of Dorset can be found on the Dorset Museums website.


Trudie_for_SWFEDSWFed County Rep: Trudie Cole

Trudie is the Learning and Access Manager at Poole Museum Service in Dorset.

Contact Trudie by email or by ringing 01202 262623.


Museum Development Officer: Vicky de Wit

Museum Development Officers provide a wide range of free support, advice and help to the museums in their area. They co-ordinate meetings, visit museums, help with writing policies and grant applications and are a fund of useful information on everything to do with running a museum.

Read more about MDOs

Find out about the impact of Museum Development in Dorset in this extract from the SW Museum Development Partnership’s Annual Report for 2012/2013

  • Areas covered: Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole
  • Address: Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RP
  • Phone: 01305 228931
  • Email:

County Reports

At every SWFed committee meeting the County Representative produces a report about their county. Read them here.

Dorset Museums Association

The Dorset Museums Association has around 30 member museums and a management committee which meets quarterly to progress the work of the association. The DMA has a wide ranging remit but also undertakes some specific activities in relation to supporting Dorset’s museums and the staff and volunteers who work in them.

Find out more.