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Beaminster Museum earns the highest Royal attention


There is no higher accolade in this country than an official recognition by Her Majesty the Queen. And when that accolade makes its way to the doorstep of your town in the heart of West Dorset, well, then that’s something that needs to be announced, amplified and admired. And that’s just what has happened recently, due to the incredibly hard work of all the volunteers at Beaminster’ Museum.


The Beaminster Museum, run by a group of 60 volunteers, aims to showcase Beaminter’s history and heritage. An Arts Council of England accredited local history museum, the museum is home to exhibitions and displays that invite and entertain visitors of all ages, but with a very important message to share; life as it has been, and life as it is, in this beautiful West Dorset town.

From information on historic local families and displaying objects and images associated with local trades and schools, the museum has become a favourite for visitors interested in finding out more about historical local agricultural tools and a working church turret clock.  More recently, the museum has run displays on the fossils found at nearby Horn Park National Nature Reserve and life during Neolithic and Roman times. Providing a fantastic reference section that houses books and audio-visual materials, visitors are able to immerse themselves into what life in Beaminster has truly been about.


And all of this is done through the very hard-working group of volunteers that ensure it stays open, funded, preserved and curated.


Which is why we are beyond proud to be able to have such a recognised and distinguished museum in our town which has now garnered the attention of the highest rank.


In June this year, Beaminster’s Museum was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest accolade a voluntary group can receive in the UK, having been specifically praised for ‘bringing the diverse heritage of West Dorset to life and making it accessible to everyone’.  


If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit Beaminster’s Museum – make sure you do.  A huge congratulations to all of those who have worked hard to make this possible. We salute you, and appreciate your tiresome effort in keeping the true spirit of Beaminster alive.   For more information about the Museum, please visit