The history of human occupation of the Wareham area goes back several hundred thousand years. The museum displays objects which range from this period up to the post-medieval period.
Of particular interest is the collection of pottery made in the Wareham area during the Roman period, and a reconstruction of a pottery kiln found at the site of Bestwall near Wareham.
Late Iron Age beaded bowls (c150 BC) from Wareham
< Iron Age pole lathe used for shale working
There is also a reconstruction of an Iron Age pole lathe used for the manufacture of shale objects. This featured on the Channel 4 programme Time Team in February 2004, being used to make a shale armlet. See slide show below …