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2017 Appeal – Special Exhibitions

Special Exhibition Programme

50% funded

We have an exciting opportunity to hire a fabulous family-friendly exhibition about snakes, which we hope to host in our new gallery. This project is the focus of our current fundraising and any help you can give, no matter how large or small, will help.

“Snakes – a slither into a secretive life” delves into the fascinating world of snakes, bringing to light their beauty, mystery and amazing natural history. Using taxidermy, skeletal mounts, award winning photography and hands-on activities, “Snakes…” demonstrates the distinctive features and behaviours of these extraordinary creatures. It explores reproduction and growth; being both prey and predator and how they use their amazing senses.

Families, grandparents, pre-schools and schools will enjoy time spent here finding out about our slithery friends and their habitats, and be inspired by the wonders of the natural world. It will be open during both a school term and a holiday and is fully supported by fun trails and activities for children.
This super show is made possible by the development of our new Exhibition Galleries; a key part of our Strategic Plan to broaden our appeal to visitors of all interests and backgrounds. The new galleries are of a quality high enough to be approved as a location for temporary exhibitions by national and international museums and galleries.

We’ve worked hard to secure funding for this important development from three different sources. We have been awarded £37,000 under the Ready to Borrow Scheme; our successful Wessex Museums Partnership bid to the Arts Council includes funding for an Exhibitions Officer and the Oexmann family gave a generous donation in memory of Richard Oexmann, after whom we have named the new gallery.

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Donation Total: £25.00

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