Thursday 13th September

54 The Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute
New Event

Dogs on leadsAccompanied children onlyFull access
East Street, Bridport, DT6 3JX
Please use public car parks.

The Literary & Scientific Institute is a Grade II *
Listed Georgian Building in the heart of Bridport.
Originally built by Sir Henry Warburton in 1834
it has recently been the subject of a £2.9 Million
refurbishment project, helped by grants from
the Heritage Lottery Fund and Heritage England.
This historic building is now a modern vibrant
location for business, education, training and the
Thursday 13th and Friday 14th, 9am to 12pm.

55 Deans Court
Bookable. Max No Allowed 20
Guided Tour

No DogsNo ChildrenNo CamerasNo AccessNot NOrmally Open To The Public
Admission strictly to holders of valid tickets.
There is no entry to the grounds on the day for
anyone without a valid ticket.
Full directions available on ticket.
Please use public car parks.
The tour brings to life the 1,300 year story of
a manor house at the centre of a rural English
community, as it passed from the Saxon and
Medieval Church to a family of adventurers,
politicians and soldiers who have occupied it
for nearly 500 years. As visitors are led through
the house, the triumphs and tragedies of the
inhabitants are revealed using the long run of
portraits, while architecture, taste and social
history are explored en route. The tour of the
ancient gardens provides much to delight the
eye, from the monastic fishpond, herb garden
and mature specimen trees to the serpentine
walls around the flourishing kitchen garden.

56 Behind the Scenes at Bridport Museum
Bookable. Max No Allowed 10
New Event

Partial Access
The tours are primarily upstairs, and can be
accessed via (relatively steep) stairs only. The team are able to bring some items down to the ground floor, please just let them know in advance.
Full directions available on ticket.
Please use public car parks.
Bridport Museum Trust cares for around 50,000
items, not all of which are on display at one
time. The Behind the Scenes tours are a unique
opportunity to get up close with some of the
more intriguing items in the collection and
chat to the Curator and volunteers about the
challenges of caring for them.
56/001 Thursday 13th 10am
56/002 Thursday 13th 2pm

57 Hinton Martell Village, Village Hall
& St Giles House
Bookable. Max No Allowed 30
New Event

No AccessNot NOrmally Open To The Public
A light lunch will be available at 12.30pm at
a cost of £5. Please book this in advance by
Full directions available on ticket.
Parking available on-site.
Visit a Dorset Village Hall and understand its
history and relationship with the village around
it. Learn about its connection with the 7th & 8th
Lords Shaftesbury and their philanthropic place in
village history. Then visit St Giles House, home of
the present Lord Shaftesbury.
The morning will be spent visiting the Hall, the
Church and the Village itself and the afternoon
will be spent at St Giles House (directions will be
provided) with a talk by Lord Shaftesbury.

Thursday 13th September

58 WWII Pillbox Visit
Bookable. Max No Allowed 4
Guided Visit

Dogs on leadsAccompanied children onlyPartial AccessNot NOrmally Open To The Public
Steep and narrow steps. Low doorway. Tin hats
provided. Beware of falling into the ha-ha ditch
or the deep pond.
Full directions available on ticket.
On-street parking available.

The pillbox, built in 1940 at the time of threatened
invasion of England by the German Army, is the
only accessible pillbox remaining in Blandford. It
is positioned above an anti-tank ditch converted
from a ‘ha-ha’ (a unique feature in England) and
the whole site was recently granted Grade II
listing. A model of the 1940 defences encircling
Blandford, including this pillbox, is on display in
the Blandford Town Museum.
58/001 Tour Full
58/002 Tour Full
58/003 Tour Full
58/004 Thursday 13th 3.30pm

59 Water Supply Museum,
Sutton Poyntz Pumping Station
Bookable. Max No Allowed 20
Guided Visit

Assistance Dogs Only Partial Access
The tour involves some outside walking and steps
inside the building; for clarification please contact
the Booking Office before booking.
Full directions available on ticket.
Parking available on-site.

The Victorian pumping station was designed by
Thomas Hawksley, the eminent water engineer.
The Grade II Listed Turbine House dates from
1856/57 and was Weymouth’s first pumped
water supply. In 1869 a second pumping station
was built to accommodate steam power and in
1882 and 1899 further extensions were added to
house extra pumping capacity.
59/001 Thursday 13th 2pm

60 Lillington Church and Organ
Church Open Day

Assistance Dogs OnlyFull access
St Martins Church, Lillington
Grid Reference: ST 629 127
Parking available on-site but is limited.

Barrel organs were once a common feature of
Dorset churches. They were introduced in the
early nineteenth century to replace the village
choirs, as wonderfully described by Thomas
Hardy. In due course they were replaced with the
organs and pianos we hear today.
The organ in Lillington Church has been recently
restored making it the only working barrel organ
in a Dorset church (it can also be played via a
keyboard). As well as visiting the medieval church
there will be an opportunity to, not only hear
the barrel organ being played, but possibly sing
along to it.
Thursday 13th, 2pm.

Also Featured Today
01 Wareham Town Pound
02 Wareham Walls Walk
03 Minster Church of St Cuthberga
04 The Guildhall, Lyme Regis
05 Silk Hay
06 Swanage Town Hall
07 Bucknowle Roman Villa Threshold Stones
08 Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum
09 Richmond Hill St Andrews
10 St Andrews Church, Kinson
11 Bridport Museum & Local History Centre
12 Bridport Town Hall
13 Blandford Town Museum
14 St Laurence Church, Upwey
16 St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Blandford
19 Church of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs,
& St Ignatius
20 Weld Memorial Chapel
21 Behind The Lyme Regis Sea Wall
36 Guided Tour of All Saints’, Parley
40 Byngley House, Poole