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Summer Opening Hours - Now even more time to enjoy the Keep and our new WW2 Gallery!

It's no April Fool, there is now even more time for you to enjoy the Keep Military Museum! We are now open from 10am - 5pm Monday - Saturday.

Come and enjoy exploring our 'castle' building. We have four floors telling the stories of the Dorset and Devonshire Regiments starting right back in 1685. There are stories of soldiers and the people they left behind in our Dorset at War Gallery. You can have an immersive taken back to the Western Front during WW1 and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a trench.... Lots for children and families to do - trails, dressing up, activities and don't forget the view from the roof.

We are also proud to present our brand new WW2 gallery which commemorates and explores the role that soldiers in the Dorset and Devonshire regiments had in campaigns such as Normandy, North West Europe and out in the jungles of Burma. Find out about Colonel 'Steve' leading his exhausted troops to the beaches of Dunkirk, Padre Gus Claxton who gave spiritual guidance to the men out in Kohima, and Devon-born Major 'Bubbles' Duke, a Military Cross and bar recipient who was killed on the beaches on D-Day. Meet some of the women from Dorset who joined up as part of the war effort and see the medals that they were awarded for their service. Come and see the types of gas mask that you would have been issued as a civilian in Britain during WW2 and see the Home Guard jacket of Colonel Drew who went on to become an important figure in Dorchester's history and heritage circles. 





We also have a brand new Museum Shop filled with lots of gifts and mementos to remind you of your time at the Keep. New stock includes poppy jewellery, scarves and stationery. We still have a wide range of regimental and local history books.




Don't forget that children go free during all school holidays! 

: 1st Apr 2019