The new building has now been welcoming visitors for the last three months. They can relax in the comfortable and airy surroundings of the new garden tearoom. The beautifully crafted oak frame and windows let in plenty of light and show off the views of the tranquil walled garden. Schools have been taking full advantage of the facilities offered by the learning centre and the museum has already hosted two very successful day schools on the archaeology of East Dorset and 'Mapping Wimborne'. Today the building is full of children and families having a go at an array of art and craft activities, discovering the wonderful world of paper.
The Hilda Coles Open Learning Centre was officially opened as part of a celebration of the museum's 50th birthday on Tuesday 31 July 2012. The day was marked with a series of speeches including Derek Burt, President of the museum, Cllr Mrs Lucy Clarke, Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Roger Goulding of the Heritage Lottery Fund and a blessing by the Reverend Vanessa Herrick, Rector of the Minster Church of St Cuthburga. The formalities were followed by a cream tea in the garden tearoom.