GIs honoured 71 years after leaving Bridport for D-Day


A GROUP of living historians were in Bridport at the weekend marking the 71st anniversary of the American troops leaving for the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

GIs honoured 71 years after leaving Bridport for D-Day
Tue, 19 May 2015 15:44:06 GMT

Dorset’s Treasure House – Dorset County Museum

Dorset County Museum and Library was founded on 15 October 1845 for the purpose of saving and protecting the natural history and archaeology of Dorset at a time when important historic sites such as Roman Poundbury and Maumbury Rings were threatened by industrial progress. Instrumental in its development were the Dorset dialect poet William Barnes and the vicar of Fordington, Reverend Henry Moule, whose son Henry Joseph Moule later became the museum’s first curator in 1883.

For the full article see Dorset’s Treasure House – Dorset County Museum

Somerset Voices: George and Edith Shore

George and Edith Shore were born in Devon in the 1890s. They moved from Devon to Butleigh with their employer in 1928, the couple had a cottage in the village. It took George two days to travel from Devon with the horses and wagon; he always preferred horses to tractors. Edith made bread every week in a brick oven; along with pies, pastries, and faggots. Washing was done on a Monday morning and Edith made butter on the farm.

Listen to George and Edith and read the transcript

Nunney Castle, Somerset

Another video from the village of Nunney in Somerset. This time with empasis on the castle.

Nunney, All Saints

Nunney in Somerset was home to many of my Starr ancestors.

‘Oldest’ human settlement found

Archaeologists working for the National Trust think they have found west Dorset’s oldest human settlement on Doghouse Hill on the Golden Cap estate.

Read the full story and watch the video on the BBC.

Massacre at Slapton Sands-the great Portland cover-up

Rodney Legg tells how wartime reminiscing enabled him to re-write the story of one of the most famous disasters of the Second World War and claim it for Dorset.

Read the full article in DorsetLife

Stalbridge’s historian

Hilary Townsend remembers Irene Jones, a model for anyone interested in Dorset’s local history.

Read the full article in DorsetLife

Back to the future

Weymouth’s historic Nothe Fort has been transformed from awful to award-winning thanks to the dedication of an army of volunteers. Jill Dunning investigates.

Read the article in DorsetLife

Somerset Voices: Ron Sapsead (b.1919)

Ron attended the Board School, Street. As a child he played games in the street outside his home in Glaston Road, with hoops and skipping ropes. His school headmaster used a cane on the tips of the children’s fingers, and they had slates to write on. In this clip Ron describes a Sunday school outing to Burnham-on-Sea. With the advent of the railways in the 1840s and 1850s, the Somerset seaside resort became a popular destination for day-trippers.

Listen to Ron and read the transcript.

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