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Saturday 14 May – Sunday 7 August 2016

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World of Wallace: Alfred Russel Wallace and his life in the field

Poole Museum


The naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace is well known for arriving at the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection independently of Charles Darwin. He grew up and was educated in Hertford before travelling extensively, exploring and mapping previously uncharted parts of the Amazon.

Wallace became the world authority on the flora and fauna of Malaysia and Indonesia. In 1899 he moved to Parkstone with his family and by 1902 had built a house, Old Orchard, in Broadstone where he remained until his death in 1913.

Illustrated by a wealth of colourful specimens, many of which were collected by Wallace himself, World of Wallace brings together a wide range of plants and animals held by museums and institutions around the country as well as examining the Victorian love of taxidermy which funded his incredible expeditions.

A touring exhibition from Hertford Museum.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Saturday 3 September - Sunday 6 November 2016

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Rembrandt image. ©Trustees of the British Museum

Lines of thought

Drawing from Michelangelo to now

Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016

Poole Museum


Poole Museum is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of drawings from the British Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest graphic collections. Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now explores the importance of drawing as one of the most effective mediums for expressing and representing an artist’s ideas. The exhibition showcases selected drawings from masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo right up to artists working in the present day.

This exhibition will tour to just three UK locations, Poole, Hull and Belfast before travelling internationally. It aims to encourage art students and art lovers to engage with and learn to draw from their local and national drawing collections. 

Remember to bring your sketchbook or ask at the museum for drawing materials to have a go at being inspired by the masters! or if you are between 6 and 18 years old why not take part in our drawing competition, Junior Poole Open. 

Generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation.

Image: Rembrandt (Black chalk and charcoal on paper, an Asian elephant c.1637) 

© Trustees of the British Museum

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