A collection of paintings hidden in a store room in Dorset for nearly 50 years have been made available online. The new website was created by the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation and shows images of 200,000 oil paintings that form part of the national collection. Presenter Joe Crowley takes a look at the work by John Everett, who was a friend of Thomas Hardy and painted the landscapes the author wrote about.
Roving Press is publishing a new anthology of creative writing and photography called "Dorset Voices" next year.
This is a fantastic opportunity for local writers and photographers to submit work for a new anthology of writing, supported by local photography.
Poundbury Voices (the editorial team: Jim Potts, Maria Potts and Louisa Adjoa Parker) are collecting submissions for a nominal fee of only £5.00. Please note, this is NOT a competition and there is no prize money. Instead we offer people the chance to see their work in print and everyone making a submission will receive a copy of the final book, regardless of whether they are included in it. The project has secured the backing of Creative Dorset. By tapping the pool of talent in Dorset and by attracting and encouraging new and established writers and photographers, the aim is to showcase outstanding work by people resident in the region. Closing date for submissions: 30 July 2011 CLICK HERE for submission details.
For an article/interview by the Dorset Echo, click on the following link - Give Dorset a Voice.
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June sees the annual Wimborne Folk Festival. A colourful spectacle of traditional folk dance and music was first held in August 1980 as a one day event. It was such a success that it became a local point for the largest gathering of dance teams and musicians in the south of England.
For the old town of Wimborne Minster, held in the shadow of the 12th Century Minster Church of St Cuthberga it is considered by many to be the major event of the year.
As the title suggests, the event if a folk affair with loads of artists - Michael McGoldrick and friends, Vin Garbutt, many more, Ceilidhs with Bursledon Village Band, Polkaworks,
As well as music, Folk Dancers and Morris Dancers will be performing throughout the town, From traditional whites with bells to weird and wonderful, the highly dramatic and colourful!
Wimborne Folk Festival returns next weekend – and after 31 years it’s still going strong. Organisers had been worried that they would have to pull the three-day annual event in the face of swingeing funding cuts. But local government money came through, allowing the festival to go ahead. And a record number of 52 dance teams have signed up to take part.
Weymouth harbourside is coming alive this weekend with the annual return of the Wessex Folk Festival. Trinity Road and Hope Square are the main focus of events that give people the chance to enjoy great music and dance in a wonderful atmosphere.
A treasure hunter from Weymouth unearthed an Iron Age grave containing a skeleton of a woman and a number of her belongings. An inquest into the treasure, which was discovered by Carl Walmsley of Westham, heard how a total of 14 items were found in the grave on land near Portesham.
A Total of 2.1million baptism, marriage, wills and burial records from Dorset have been published online today, revealing the fortunes of families from cradle to grave. The Dorset Records 1565-2001 will be welcomed by historians, and residents trying to trace their ancestors. Famous Dorset residents feature on the Ancestry.co.uk website including Thomas Hardy’s parents, fossil collector Mary Anning and Tolpuddle Martyr James Hammet.
Next week, the dealers of the Channel 4 show 'Four Rooms' have to decide how much to offer for a gruesome piece of tattooed skin pickled in a jar. This was reported last year in the Dorset Echo (News Clipping: Tatooed skin with Dorset connection turns up at car boot sale) when the tattooed skin of a would-be killer that was used to bind a Victorian pocket book was been discovered at a car boot sale at Shepton Mallet in Somerset by local author and historian Rodney Legg.