October Events at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

Film: ‘The Divide’, with discussion led by Dorset Equality Group
7 for 7.30pm 3 October 2018
Learning Room, Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum
£5.00 pp
Dorset Equality Group will be screening ‘The Divide’, a film about social inequality, as well as hosting a discussion about the themes raised by it.
‘The Divide tells’ the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in the modern-day US and UK – where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By plotting these tales together, we uncover how virtually every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor.
This isn’t based on real life. This is real life.
Wall Street psychologist Alden wants to make it to the top 1%; KFC worker Leah from Richmond, Virginia just wants to make it through the day; Jen in Sacramento, California doesn’t even talk to the neighbours in her upscale gated community – they’ve made it clear to her she isn’t “their kind”.
By weaving these stories with news archive from 1979 to the present day, ‘The Divide’ creates a lyrical, psychological and tragi-comic picture of how economic division creates social division. The film is inspired by the critically-acclaimed, best-selling book “The Spirit Level” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
Halloween Half Term at Shire Hall
10am – 4pm 20 – 28 October 2018
Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum
Charges vary; normal admission applies.
Throughout the half-term holidays, Shire Hall will become home to all sorts of family-friendly fun. We’ll have slippery slime-making workshops, spider trails and gruesome touchy-feely guessing games. Come around our spooky underground cells at the most haunting time of the year.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, join us for spooky story-telling in the underground cells, or come along to our slime-making sessions on Monday and Friday.
On Wednesday, we will be hosting a Pumpkin Rescue workshop looking at all the fun and different uses for all the poor pumpkins that don’t make the grade for carving.
After your visit, pop up to our café for some seasonal autumnal recipes and Halloween treats.
Kids who are dressed up go free*. Slime workshops £2.00 per child to cover costs of materials.
*must be accompanied by a full paying adult; one child per adult.
TUC 150 exhibition banner
10am – 4pm 24 October – 18 November 2018
Grand Jury Room, Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum
Justice café: Come to Dorchester – the TUC’s call in 1934
Tom de Wit, curator of the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum
6.30pm for 7pm 25 October 2018
In 1934, the TUC chose the tiny Dorset village of Tolpuddle to host large scale celebrations of the Tolpuddle Centenary. The Tolpuddle Martyrs and their village consequently became figureheads and the spiritual home of the Trade Union Movement.
Curator of the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Tom de Wit will explore how the TUC used these events – the Dorchester celebrations, the 1934 TUC Congress and the building to the Memorial cottages in Tolpuddle – to associate themselves with the Martyrs, as a political statement.
This talk is part of the TUC 150th anniversary exhibition at Shire Hall from 24 Oct – 18 November 2018.