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Accredited Museum Arts Council England

Dorset Museums Association

A Very Special Birthday
Gillingham School
1516 - 2016

Gillingham School teams up with Gillingham Museum


The Museum tells the story of the town, the immediate parishes and their people. Many generations have seen this corner of the Blackmore Vale grow from a Neolithic settlement to the bustling Gillingham of today.

Normal Museum Opening Times
Monday 10.00am - 1.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday   9.30am - 4.00pm
Sunday Closed
Closed on Bank Holidays

At present there is no entrance fee but donations are essential to enable us to continue to run the Museum.

For visits at other times or Group visits, please contact the Curator by Email at:

or write to the address below.

The Museum is governed by the management committee of Gillingham Local History Society (Registered Charity no 1014970).

Restaurant and toilet facilities are available in the Waitrose Supermarket on the opposite side of the road.

The whole exhibition area is on ground level and therefore suitable for wheelchair access. Parking (with disabled bays) is available in the adjoining public Car Park.

Address: Chantry Fields, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4UA    > How to find us

A look at the part that the people of Gillingham played at home and abroad through two World Wars starting with the Soldiers of World War One.

This photograph, taken from the top of Station Road, shows the Dorset Yeomanry leading a Church Parade from the Station Yard to St.Mary's Church, June 1914.


Future Events...

Wednesday 16 September 2015
7.30pm at the Town Hall, School Road, Gillingham     SP8 4QR

The Temperance Society in Mere

by Canon Andrew Evans

> Find out more...

Wednesday 21 October 2015
7.30pm at the Town Hall, School Road, Gillingham     SP8 4QR

John Constable

by Sam Woodcock

Wednesday 18 November 2015
7.30pm at the Town Hall, School Road, Gillingham     SP8 4QR

Battle of Britain over North Dorset

by John Smith