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Two Museums in Dorchester join together to offer a BSL deaf-led tour.

To celebrate Deaf Awareness Week, Dorset Museum and Shire Hall Museum in Dorchester, Dorset are offering a BSL tour on Saturday 29 April 2023.

Deaf visitors are invited to join renowned deaf tour guide John Wilson to explore two of Dorset’s most fantastic museums.

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Image: Mark North / Dorset Museum © 2023

Dorset Museum allows you to explore 250 million years of Dorset’s history. Discover Roman mosaics, Jurassic Coast fossils, the literature of Thomas Hardy, and the sculptures of Elisabeth Frink, with much more to see along the way.

Shire Hall Museum is an award-winning social justice museum that brings over 200 years of justice and injustice to life. Walk in the footsteps of people whose lives were forever changed in the historic court at Dorchester’s Shire Hall. Immerse yourself in the cells before ascending to the dock.

Tickets include the opportunity to explore the galleries before or after the tour at either museum or both when purchasing a joint ticket. There is also time to have lunch in one of the Museum’s fabulous cafes between the tours.

Elizabeth Selby, Interim Director of Dorset Museum says “We’re delighted to be offering these tours for British Sign Language users on the eve of Deaf Awareness Week. Dorset Museum already offers BSL interpretation on our gallery films, and we hope these tours will allow the deaf community to explore our Museum even further.”

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