Blandford Town Museum consists of one long room, which stretches the length of the old coach house it’s set in. You’re immediately met with friendly faces as you step inside and left to your own devices to explore however you please. Blandford is one of those wonderful little museums that is overflowing with stuff and everytime you turn a corner you see and learn so much. Several display cases present the wealth of prehistoric and Roman material from around Blandford, either accumulated by antiquarians or found in recent excavations.
Flint and stone axes are in abundance, as are Roman brooches, coins and tools, with an interactive info panel that gives you further details about the archaeology and various excavations that have taken place. Further up you find Medieval structural remains (most of the town burned down in 1730s and hence most of the architecture is now Georgian) and a replica blacksmith’s and cobbler’s as well as a giant doll’s house.
A handling exhibit kept me occupied for a while – I just can’t resist activities at museums,
before I came to an exhibit dedicated to Alfred Stevens a sculptor, painter, metalworker and general artist, born and bred in Blandford whom the museum are trying to promote given that his work is found all over the world and yet no one in Blandford knows who he is.
If you weren’t looking for it, you’d perhaps miss it, but if you’re ever in Blandford, or if you’re searching a day out in Dorset, look out for a gap in the terraces opposite the beautiful Georgian church of St. Peter and St. Paul and step through to see this great little country town museum.