Unique gifts at Bridport Museum ready in time for Christma

Conscientious shopping will be part of everyone’s Christmas in 2018.

Bridport Museum is open this year for a special international event which aims to celebrate independent shops on our high streets.

The Museum’s shop sells a fantastic range of unique gifts, many made locally, and some crafted from rope made on the Museum’s own ropewalk. On Sunday 25 November the Museum will be taking part in Museum Shop Sunday- an international initiative designed to encourage people to experience the inspirational gifts offered by cultural organisations nationwide. The event is designed to encourage shopping with a conscience, as sales contribute to each venue directly and provide a valuable contribution to culture in the UK.

Museum shop manager Nikki Brotherton said: ‘We have wonderful gifts that will make perfect Christmas presents for all ages. Several of our artisans will be on hand throughout the day, demonstrating their craft and talking about their creations, including the talented engraver Robin Mackenzie who designed our beautiful glass front door. We will also be offering a special gift-wrapping service and a secret Santa for children to surprise their parents with.”

At 11.30am there will be a special ropemaking demonstration, where for the first time the Museum will be using coloured twine to make unique Christmas garlands which will be on sale on the day.

Museum Director Emily Hicks said: ‘Museum Shop Sunday is the perfect antidote to the crazy rush of Black Friday- this is ‘slow shopping’ here at the Museum. Come and chat to our volunteers and browse without pressure to find some lovely hand-picked and specially curated Christmas gifts. My personal favourite is the beautiful crystal light-catchers which hang on rope made in the Museum. When you buy a gift from our shop you are helping to sustain the cultural offer that we provide to the town and community.’

The Museum will be open on Sunday 25 May from 11am-3pm. All proceeds from the shop help keep the Museum open and free for everyone to enjoy.