Online Talk: The Language of Flowers

November 25, 2022

Online Talk: The Language of Flowers 11am Tuesday 14 February 2023 Online Talk via Zoom Free of charge, donations welcome. Book a place online here If you would like to make a donation, please click here. Join art historian and Telling Tales curator, Kirsty Stonell Walker to discover the hidden symbolism and meanings of flowers within […]

Upstairs Downstairs Tour: Behind the Scenes at East Cliff Hall

November 25, 2022

Discover the history of the Russell-Cotes family and their home. Join a member of our curatorial team for a walking tour of areas of the museum not usually open to the public, including guest bedrooms and the servants’ quarters.   These tours take place at 11:30am on the following dates: Wednesday 18 January 2023 – […]

Museum Late: Telling Tales

November 23, 2022

This January, inspired by our exhibition Telling Tales, we are exploring the power of storytelling in museums. Come along and find out what stories the artworks and objects can reveal, and maybe inspire your own creativity. Activities will include: Object Handling Session – objects that tell stories Mini Tours of the Exhibition Telling Tales  The AI […]

Dickens and Christmas by Lucinda Hawksley

August 25, 2022

Talk: Dickens and Christmas by Lucinda Hawksley 7pm-8.30pm Discover the many merry ways in which the author of A Christmas Carol celebrated & influenced the festive season. Seated talk and book signing by Lucinda Hawksley, acclaimed author and direct descendant of Charles Dickens. Dickens and Christmas explores the 19th-century phenomenon that became the Christmas we […]

New Histories and Old Stories: portraits by Jack Dickson

August 24, 2022

A selling exhibition of stunning mixed media portraits of sitters of mixed heritage with a link to Dorset. About the Artist: Artist and teacher, Jack Dickson lives and works in Dorset. Having roots in both Zambia and the UK allows him to draw upon a wide range of cultural and aesthetic influences. He uses a […]

Telling Tales

August 2, 2022

8 October 2022 – 5 March 2023 Narrative Art was the reality television of the Victorian era. While the artistic elite rejected it, the general public loved to see soap opera drama on the gallery walls. Its accessible and sensational quality allowed viewers to transport themselves to the scene and identify with the characters depicted. […]

Sixpence Day

January 20, 2022

Celebrating 100 Years! This year we are celebrating our centenary, and throughout the year we are offering specific days that our visitors have the chance to enjoy the historic house for the 1922 Thursday admission price of sixpence. Whilst the original sixpence stopped being legal tender in 1980, visitors can bring along 6p in today’s […]

The Road to the Museum

January 17, 2022

Print Room Exhibition 25 January – 1 November 2022 As part of the museum’s centenary celebrations in 2022, our latest exhibition in the Print Room tells the story of Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes from a new perspective. Devised by Paul Whittaker (Sir Merton’s biographer) The Road to the Museum follows in the footsteps […]


December 1, 2021

The Russell-Cotes, including the historic house, galleries, exhibition, café, shop and garden will be closed between Tuesday 3rd and Monday 16th January 2023. This is due to essential conservation works taking place. We re-open on Tuesday 17th January 2023.