After more than six years of project development, the Bridport Area Development Trust is in the final process of appointing contractors to begin work on the restoration of Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute.

The Grade 2* listed building in East Street has been empty since 1997 and is currently on the national At Risk register.  Initial clearing and tidying inside the building has already been completed and the architects have undertaken further studies and opening up works to inform the detail of the restoration and redevelopment.  Once the final drawings and costings have been completed, contractors will be confirmed, with a view to starting the main building work on site later this year.  In the meantime, the building will be protected to ensure there is no further deterioration to its condition.

Walking Tours around Bridport’s Past

This Easter Bridport Museum brings back our popular guided walks. They were very popular last year so we have decided that, in 2016, they should run in both the summer and the Easter school holidays. Bruce Upton, the Museum’s Community Engagement Officer, will lead participants around some of Bridport’s key sites in the town’s development from its Saxon origins through to the present day.

open-studios-201625th, 26th, 27th & 28th March Easter Open Studios coming this weekend at St. Michael's Studios, St. Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport DT6 3RR

Kit Glaisyer, Marion Taylor, David Brooke, Caroline Ireland, Sally Davies and Elizabeth Sporne will be opening their studios during the weekend, hope you can visit.

Fun_Lovin__CriminalsEverybody be cool… Jurassic Fields are pleased to announce that US legends, Fun Lovin’ Criminals will headline at the Jurassic Fields Festival on Saturday 9th July 2016

The raucous group best known for the pulp-fiction hit ‘Scooby Snacks’ and ‘Love Unlimited,’ a comical tribute to Barry White, will bring an explosion of bluesy, jazzy hip-hop, Latin soul and dirty rock & roll to the stage.

dorset_tubeI was born and raised in Dorset, but now live in London.

One evening, during a particularly slow journey home on the Victoria line I wondered how big the Underground was, and therefore how big Greater London was. I couldn't picture in my head the sort of an area it covered. I needed a familiar comparison to be able to visualise it.

sci_smNew martial arts class for adults (15+). A safe and easy to learn system based on Kick Boxing and Ju Jitsu takes place on Wednesdays from 8 til 9pm at the Scout Hut, St Swithun's Road, Bridport.

  • Great for fitness and self confidence
  • Suitable for men and women, beginners welcome
  • First session is free!

warren-hitchinThe Electric Palace, Bridport’s prestigious live entertainment venue, has new owners – a local family from West Dorset.

Under its new manager, Susan Warren, who grew up in West Dorset and went to   school in Dorchester, the Electric Palace will continue as a venue for great music, live comedy and film, whilst expanding its range of events for families, children, and older members of the Bridport and West Dorset community.

Check out these 360o panoramas of West Bay by Steve Powell

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net-machine2Bridport Museum are seeking people to help them identify a new and exciting collection of rope and net making machinery as part of their redevelopment plans. The aim to rebuild them and display them in the refurbished museum so visitors can really see how rope and net were made.

You may have heard that we have  entered an exciting phase of re-development which has come about as a result of a bequest from the Sanctuary family of the contents of their museum which was formerly located at Uploders. Part of that bequest consisted of some rope and net machinery which had been dismantled and is now in pieces.

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