Found in the beautiful hamlet of Wakeham, the Portland Museum was founded by Dr Marie Stopes in 1930. The museum occupies two early 17th Century stone cottages, and is the subject of Thomas Hardy's novel 'The Wellbeing' as the house of Avice, the storie's heroin. The museum contains many artifacts found across Dorset, and showcases this idyllic county's history. It tells the story of local industry, the prisons, the sea and the people.
Learn about two of the most disastrous shipwreck incidents off Portland, the tragic tale of the ‘Avalanche’ and ‘Forest’ collision and the story of the sinking of the ‘The Royal Adelaide’. Using the prepared worksheet, sketch an item from the maritime collection and answer questions about it. Write a poem imagining what it would be like to be on a ship in stormy seas. Learn about smuggling with a hands-on session and watch demonstrations using Museum artefacts such as sword sticks. Go for a walk around Wakeham village and Church ‘Ope cove. Learn about the local history, industry and geology of the area and how the landscape has shaped the lives of the people and wildlife of Portland.
Go and visit Portland Museum and then come and pop into taste* Chesil for lunch or afternoon tea. Or why not start the day off with a taste* chesil breakfast and then go explore Weymouth and Portland.
Visit the Portland Museum website here.
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