Thursday, 06 July 2023 08:22

Poole Museum @ Lighthouse

Poole Museum @ Lighthouse

Lighthouse is delighted to welcome Poole Museum to its Main Gallery this week as part of the on-going Museum on the Move project while the High Street site is redeveloped. 

As well as artefacts from the Museum’s collections, many of which relate to the themes explored in the community play SALT, which runs at Lighthouse from 27 to 30 July, there’s a vibrant programme of creative and cultural activity and events that shine a light on Poole’s unique stories and heritage. 

“We’re really pleased to bring these objects to Lighthouse,” says Poole Museum Project Manager Alison Smith. “It’s key to find spaces outside the museum where people can connect with the stories of Poole’s heritage. 

“And we’re extremely grateful for the support of Poole Museum Foundation for the Museum on the Move project.” 

Among the objects on show are photographs of Newfoundland at the height of the Newfoundland trade, a series of ship portraits, a Poole shipwright’s bench and images from the 13th century Mortar Wreck – the oldest protected wreck in English waters – with its cargo that included two Purbeck Marble gravestones. 

The redevelopment of Poole Museum will see the creation of three new ground floor galleries called Harbour Life, Shipwreck! and Setting Sail. Also as part of the project the museum’s three historic buildings – Grade II Listed Oakley’s Mill, Grade I Listed medieval Wool Hall and Scaplen’s Court – will be restored and conserved.  

Poole Museum is scheduled to reopen in late 2024. 

Exhibitions at Lighthouse are free to explore Tues-Sat, 10am - 8pm in the Main Gallery on the ground floor. On occasion, an exhibition may be closed to the public. Please contact our ticket office if you are travelling from a distance. 


Tuesday 4 July – Tuesday 1 August 2023
Daily in the Main Gallery
Tickets and information 01202 280000