We are always keen to promote Dorset’s fascinating folklore and to bring this interesting subject to the attention of the general public. Our library exhibitions incorporating information boards of various legends and customs, and a diverse use of props gathered a great deal of interest from people of all ages.
Press Release: A cabinet of Dark Dorset curiosities - an exhibition at the Dorchester Library starts today
Today marks the start of our two week exhibition from 14th April to 25th April 2008, in the Dorchester Library. Here is a selection of pictures taken this morning.
The exhibition celebrates the tenth anniversay of Dark Dorset, highlighting the rich customs, superstitions and traditions of folklore in the county of Dorset. The exhibition features a detailed display of artefacts, models, pictures and information on Dorset's folklore heritage featured in the books Dark Dorset Tales of Mystery, Wonder and Terror, Dark Dorset Fairies and Dark Dorset Calendar of Customs.
Details of the exhibition can be found on our previous blog entry (10th Anniversary of Dark Dorset Exhibition, Sunday, 6 April 2008) including library times.
Press Release: 10th Anniversary of Dark Dorset Exhibition
To celebrate 10 years of Dark Dorset, an exhibition will be held on the gound floor of Dorchester Library from 14th April to 25th April 2008. Highlighting the rich customs, superstitions and traditions of folklore in the county of Dorset. The exhibition will feature a detailed display of artefacts, models, pictures and information on Dorset's folklore heritage featured in the books Dark Dorset Tales of Mystery, Wonder and Terror, Dark Dorset Fairies and Dark Dorset Calendar of Customs.
See previous blog entry The Dark Dorset: Cabinet of Curiosities. Sunday, 19 May 2002
Library Location Map: Dorchester
Tel: 01305 224440/224652
Monday: 10am - 7pm
Tuesday: 9.30am - 7pm
Wednesday:9.30am - 7pm
Thursday: 9.30am - 5pm
Friday: 9.30am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
If you would like to help us advertise the exhibition. A Dark Dorset Folklore Exhibition 2008 Poster available by clicking here
Dark side revealed at the library
You might be afraid or even very afraid to visit Dorchester Library from Monday when Dark Dorset celebrates its tenth anniversary with an exhibition devoted to the spooky and weird side of life in the county.
Folklorist Robert Newland, who started Dark Dorset with co-author and illustrator Mark North, will be stocking the library's exhibition case with boards and items relating to shivery topics like witchcraft, fairies, customs, superstitions and good old ghosts.
Robert, who lives at Upwey, said: "We're really interested in folklore and decided to write the book Dark Dorset. But it's such a big subject that when you delve into it you find more and more. Then we got interested in legends and customs and you find there's
even more there."
The exhibition is on for two weeks and will feature a reference to St George's Day, which is on April 23.
Robert is sure that people will be fascinated not frightened and says reassuringly that the screaming skull that forms one of the centrepieces is silent and well-behaved.
"It's plastic," he confesses.
Find out more on the www.darkdorset.co.uk website.
Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday, April 9, 2008