Become Part of Hardy's History!

Wessex Museums Crowdfunder Appeal

Become part of Hardy's history!

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Wessex Museums has launched a Crowdfunder appeal to conserve and display a range of Thomas Hardy objects, many of which have never before been on public display.


The objects will form part of a blockbuster Hardy exhibition that takes place across the Wessex Museums partnership in summer 2022 – Dorset Museum, Poole Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum. It will be the largest collection of Hardy objects ever displayed at one time.  


Exhibition curator, Harriet Still, said: “As part of the project, I was tasked with exploring the museum stores and finding objects that gave insights into Hardy’s complex personality. I selected objects like Emma Hardy’s collection of memories of her life, Some Recollections, the preparatory notebook for The Trumpet-Major and Hardy’s hand-drawn design for Wessex the dog’s gravestone. But these objects need conserving and specialist mounting so they can be enjoyed by current and future generations.”

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Wessex Museums is hoping the appeal will raise £5,000 towards this work and the exhibition. The Crowdfunder runs from 29 October to 3 December 2021. Find out more and donate here:

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