Hardy’s Wessex, the landscapes that inspired a writer (Dorchester)

Hardy's Wessex, the landscapes that inspired a writer (Dorchester)

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Category: History

Event Tags: Dorchester Events, Dorset History, Thomas Hardy

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Date: Wed, 1st June 2022 - Sun, 30th October 2022

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Dorset Museum, Dorchester

Phone: 01305 262735

Booking Required: No

Price: £Annual Pass or Day Entry available

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Hardy’s Wessex, the landscapes that inspired a writer (Dorchester)

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The largest collection of Thomas Hardy objects ever displayed at one time

A major exhibition across four venues – Dorset Museum (Dorchester), Poole Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum (Devizes).

Take a fresh look at the Victorian novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy, in the stunning Wessex landscapes that shaped his view of the world. His story will be retold in exciting new ways by our museum collections, from period costumes to personal letters, art to archaeology.

  • Four exhibitions, each exploring a different Hardy theme
  • A treasure trove of objects that give personal insights into Thomas Hardy’s life
  • Many of the objects have never been on public display before
  • Each exhibition has a star object on loan from a national museum

Hardy’s Wessex at Dorset Museum

The exhibition at each venue will be different – in Dorset Museum, it explores Hardy’s views on social tensions and animal welfare. Famous as a novelist, poet and social commentator, Hardy never lost touch with his experience of the working-class lives and poverty of rural Dorset. Paintings, writing, costume and drawings will bring his writing and personality to life. The painting The Village Choir by Thomas Webster (loaned by the Victoria and Albert Museum), for example, provides a snapshot of the rural musicians Hardy grew up with and wrote about in his novels.

Hardy had family pets and designed and carved his dog, Wessex’s, tombstone himself. He was also deeply concerned about the welfare of animals, and became friends with early animal rights activists. He wrote to the newspapers to protest against performing animals, wrote poems criticising blood sports, and published novels about the link between people and animals.


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Dorset Museum (View more Events at this Location)
High W St, Dorchester , Dorchester, England, DT1 1XA United Kingdom
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