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Object of the Month

Here we feature some of our prize artefacts from our Museum Collection.

 

Nasty Butterfly

Nasty Butterfly

Chris Copson on the nasty butterflies dropped over the UK during World War Two Find out more »

Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards

Curator Chris Copson takes a look at some of the many Christmas Cards sent during war and peace time and now held at the Keep Museum in Dorchester. Find out more »

Reuben's School Book

Reuben's School Book

The tragic story of Reuben Hansford and the collection of items that bring his story to life.... Find out more »

Unique Jacket

Unique Jacket

150 years ago an ordinary soldier returning from war would probably wear his uniform jacket to dig the garden. He'd make use of it rather than put it away somewhere safe. That's why this month's find is so unique... Find out more »

Somme Bugle

Somme Bugle

The story of the bugle that may have saved the life of its owner on the eve of the infamous Battle of the Somme... Find out more »

Somme Map

Somme Map

Chris Copson shows us the map that survived the Battle of the Somme - one hundred years on. Find out more »

Jutland

Jutland "death penny" Mystery

With the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland being commemorated next week mystery surrounds why a death penny should be found on a local dump. Find out more »

Object of the Month April 2016

Object of the Month April 2016

Chris Copson's Object of the Month for April is a bolt action, single shot rifle designed to be used against tanks during WW1.....but did it work? Find out more »

A Trench Mirror

A Trench Mirror

For this month's object Chris Copson shows us a life saving device - a trench mirror. Find out more »

Object of the Month January 2016

Object of the Month January 2016

This month Curator Chris Copson from the Keep Military Museum talks about the Zeppelin L85 airship and an interesting keep sakes held at the Museum. Find out more »

Christmas Card from the Western Front

Christmas Card from the Western Front

Chris Copson on what Christmas was like for the soldiers in the trenches in 1915 and how they kept in touch with their loved ones. Find out more »

The 100-year-old Diary Written On the Battlefield

The 100-year-old Diary Written On the Battlefield

A film featuring a fascinating diary recently donated to the Keep Museum. The diary was written on the battlefield during the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915. Exactly 100 years ago. It was forbidden to write diaries. This one was written in action. Find out more »

Gallipoli Map

Gallipoli Map

Chris Copson on the map that gives a unique insight into one man's journey to Gallipoli 100 years ago.... Find out more »

First World War New Year Card

First World War New Year Card

Exquitie First World War New Year Card from the collection held at The Keep Military Museum Find out more »

Sweetheart Brooch

Sweetheart Brooch

This beautiful item is a Dorsetshire Regiment Sweetheart brooch, made of gold, platinum and enamel. Find out more »

Naval Officer's Presentation Sword  - The Battle of The Nile

Naval Officer's Presentation Sword - The Battle of The Nile

This sword is beleived to be part of a special batch of swords made to commemorate Nelson's victory at The Nile in 1798 Find out more »

The Square Box Grenade

The Square Box Grenade

The hand grenade, now a part of popular culture via a thousand war films and video games, had to be re-invented for the First World War. Find out more »