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Verwood Museum Trust - Dorset UK. (Registered Charity No. 1067952)


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Gordon's family has lived in Verwood for many generations.   He was a Director of Robert Thorne Ltd. who donated the Potters Wheel building to the town.  He was born at the associated Pottery House when his parents owned the business and so grew up when the potters were still working.

He has been active for many years in local affairs, serving on the Parish then Town Council and becoming Verwood's first Mayor.

He is pictured here outside the Potters Wheel receiving the very first donation to the Trust from Oliver and Zoe Wareham, two other well known local citizens, who donated their Carnival winnings in 1996.

The Potters' Wheel shop in the background was a late extension to the Cross Roads Pottery (now the Heritage Centre) and has now been demolished and replaced with the new trust cafe and shop.


 Ann and other members of her family have lived in Verwood for many years and contributed to local organisations.   She has now retired as a Secondary School teacher in Poole but is still active in school affairs.  She is an enthusiastic volunteer at the Museum of East Dorset Life (Priest's House - see "links" page) in Wimborne where she takes part in costumed reconstructions, especially for school parties, and has built up a relationship with the museum staff and a sound working knowledge of museum organisation.  Ann also has an amateur interest in archaeology and has helped with East Dorset excavations.

Ann actively liaises with official organisations and pursues means of funding and advice on this and associated Trust matters.


Pam is a very familiar figure in Verwood having been a teacher at Hillside First School for many years and continues to visit local schools and other organisations to give talks and slide shows.  She has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in the area of all age groups.  She is a founder member of Verwood Historical Society and a past Chairman.  Pam is an enthusiastic collector of old photographs, maps and documents of the area. She has heard and recorded many fascinating reminiscences of Verwood folk.  She is also very involved with Verwood Concert Brass and is always willing to give her time to fostering the love of music in both young and old.   Those who know Pam will realise that the above can only be an understatement of her interest and commitment to Verwood and its people.


Christopher was born and brought up in Verwood and, as Gordon's son, is not only a member of the donating family but brings a younger dimension to the Trust.   As a Solicitor, he oversees the Trust's legal affairs and liaises with the Charity Commissioners.


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James has a B.Sc in Environmental Science and a Diploma in Town Planning.   His special area of interest is traditional country crafts as practised locally.   His contribution to the maintenance of the site and the early stages of re-development is invaluable.



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