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Wareham Town Museum tells the story of the Wareham area of Dorset in southern England from prehistoric times to the present day, with a special exhibition on Lawrence of Arabia, who lived nearby. The museum, which is in the centre of Wareham, next to the town hall, is supported by the Wareham Town Council and is run by volunteers.
Wareham Town Museum Wikipedia
The museum is based in Wareham Town Hall and focusses on the local area and the people who lived in Wareham over the centuries. It includes information about archaeology, geology and local history. It is staffed by volunteers and runs on donations.
The museum has a special section on Lawrence of Arabia, who lived close by at Clouds Hill, now maintained by National Trust. They have hosted lectures by the archaeologist, Neil Faulkner, on the topic, explaining Lawrence's role at the Hallat Ammar train ambush in 1917, showing a bullet apparently fired from a Colt pistol by Lawrence himself. The museum has produced an hour-long DVD entitled T. E. Lawrence — His Final Years in Dorset which includes a reconstruction of Lawrence's fatal motorcycle accident while riding his beloved Brough Superior near his home, Clouds Hill, in May 1935.
The museum has displayed some Saxon artefacts, including a sword found in the River Frome near Wareham from 10th century. The sword was inscribed with old English text and may have belonged to royalty. After the original was returned to Dorset County Museum, the museum put together a new Saxon exhibition which includes a replica of the sword.