Echoes of the Past: Theatre Event in Empty Museum

Echoes of the Past: Theatre Event in Empty Museum

Emma Ayling, Director of Priest’s House Museum, commissioned Wimborne Community Theatre to devise a theatrical event to take place in the empty museum, to commemorate the closing of the building prior to commencement of building developments and refurbishment, and its reopening in 2020.

Members of WCT have researched the history of the building in its various previous incarnations, as home and shop, and will convey aspects of the building’s past and its place in the history of the town as an educational resource and cultural centre.

Wimborne Community Theatre is working in partnership with professional artists to develop the production: sound artist, Adrian Newton, to develop soundscapes capturing the atmosphere of the building; and artists, Alastair Nisbet and Nic Rawling from ScreenPlay, who will work with students from St Michael’s Middle Schoolto create drawings and animations which will be presented as video installations during the performances and feature in four large zoetropes, presenting modern animation in a contemporary but essentially Victorian style.

WCT members, Clare Small and Hannah Small, have designed installations which will form an integral part of the performance.  They are leading sessions with the group to help make them.

Public performances will be on Wednesday, June 5.  Time: 6 pm and 8 pm  Tickets available from Wimborne TIC  01202 886116

Emma Ayling, Museum Director, says

Our Revival Project will transform the access and facilities of the museum, provide some fantastic opportunities for volunteers in the coming months, and ensure the area’s heritage is shared more widely than ever before.”

The £1.6 million Revival Project starts this autumn and will be completed by spring 2020. It is supported by £982,200 of National Lottery funding awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund; charitable foundations including the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Talbot Village Trust, the Valentine Charitable Trust and the Pilgrim Trust; local councils East Dorset District Council and Dorset County Council; the local community; and local businesses Bloor Homes, Teacher’s Building Society and Renaissance Homes.

For further information on the project, contact Emma Ayling or Mark Neathey on 01202 882533 or email


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