<strong>Shire Hall Museum’s summer exhibition will explore the real people and history behind Dorset’s tales of smuggling. <em>Smugglers: Beneath the Surface</em> opens at the Museum on 27<sup>th</sup> July and will be on display until 16<sup>th</sup> September.</strong>
Based in Dorchester, Shire Hall Museum brings over 200 years of history to life. With interactive galleries, immersive cells and the impressive historic courtroom, there is something for everyone at the Museum.
In the 18th and 19th century, Dorset was home to some of Britain’s most notorious smugglers. Across the coastline, hundreds of people were secretly moving good in and out of the country for profit.<em> Smugglers: Beneath the Surface</em> will take a closer look at four of Dorset’s most renowned smugglers.
<strong>Nina Corey, Director at Shire Hall Museum, said:</strong> <em>“Everyone at Shire Hall Museum is so excited to share our new summer exhibition with our visitors. Smugglers: Beneath the Surface takes a closer look at Dorset’s tales of smuggling. Each story gives a glimpse of the people behind the word ‘smuggler’ and explores how they ended up becoming involved in one of the most lucrative professions of their time. This multi-layered exhibition has something for everyone, from fascinating case studies to an interactive trail for families.”</em>
The exhibition will be running throughout the summer holidays, coinciding with the Museum’s entry offer. This Summer holidays, Shire Hall Museum is offering free entry for up to three children (under 18s) per paying adult. There’s no need to pre-book, visitors can come along on the day.
Alongside the exhibition, Shire Hall Museum has organised two murder mystery evenings in partnership with Dorchester Drama on Wednesday 26<sup>th</sup> and Saturday 29<sup>th</sup> July. Tickets are £35 and include a welcome cocktail from DarkBear and a two-course meal.
For more information about <em>Smugglers: Beneath the Surface</em> and to book tickets for the Museum’s murder mystery evening, please visit <a href=”http://shirehalldorset.org”>shirehalldorset.org </a>
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