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Portland Museum is open 6 days a week but is normally closed on Fridays due to lack of volunteers but this Friday (8 July) Budmouth College has stepped in and will run the museum for the day. This will be part of the college’s Annual Development Day when Year 10 students take on a huge variety of voluntary tasks in the community.

The 8 students will arrive early and prepare the museum for the days opening before unlocking the doors at 11am to welcome visitors. This is the second year that Budmouth College have helped the museum in this way and this years volunteers are keen that they exceed last years number of visitors and the all important income as the museum is currently running an appeal to enable them to re-thatch one of the 17th century cottages that make up part of the museum.

Portland Museum is located at 217 Wakeham with free car parking opposite and full of artefacts and stories about the Isle of Portland’s rich history from Jurassic fossils, Portland stone, shipwrecks, archaeology, railways, windmills, Victoriana, local customs and traditions, plus Thomas Hardy, John Penn and of course the museum’s founder Dr Marie Stopes.

Budmouth College and Portland Museum hope that a record number of people will visit to make this a memorable day for both the museum and the students.

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