South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries


Dorset 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.

SWFed County Rep: Sylvia Andrews

Sylvia is the Director of Blandford Town Museum.

Contact Sylvia by email


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.

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
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