Sir Walter Raleigh in Dorset

A court favourite of Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh’s many great deeds as polymath, politician and some time privateer undoubtedly justify his place in history; yet 400 years after his execution on a trumped up treason charge he is probably best known for things he didn’t do. The story of how he chivalrously laid his Read More…

Moviola and the village hall screen scene

In the middle of the street in Yetminster, Moviola programme director Toby Walkley is on his way to the Post Office bearing the day’s second armful of out-going discs – and it’s barely lunchtime. With 200-plus venues from Cornwall to Orkney to service, it’s a wonder that he and his mother (and Moviola’s general manager), Read More…

Capability Brown at Milton Abbey

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown may have struggled to move mountains, but hills, valleys, rivers, streams, woodlands and lakes were well within his considerable powers. Famously, he’s the man who remodelled the landscape of 18th-century England, creating new features in the countryside and making the rest of it easier on the eye. In his 32 years as Read More…

Buttoned up

Blandford cartwheels, bird’s eyes, singletons, old dorsets… they could easily be real ales, rare insects, or even Morris dances. In fact, they’re different types of Dorset Button. As with much of its history, the origins of Dorset Buttonry are shrouded in myth, but the industry flourished from the early 17th century until the mid-19th century. Read More…