News & Features

THS Essay Competition 2017

March 23, 2017

The theme for this year's competition is 'Hardy and the Media'

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Woodlanders Study Day: Programme

March 23, 2017

A Thomas Hardy Society Study Day in association with The University of Exeter Centre for Victorian Studies.

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Hardy Day at The Corn Exchange: The Woodlanders

October 5, 2016

2017 will mark the 130th anniversary of the publication of The Woodlanders.

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Hammerpuzzle Theatre Company: The Woodlanders

September 28, 2016

Hammerpuzzle Theatre Company is touring their adaptation of ‘THE WOODLANDERS’ in the West Country this autumn

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A New Book by Tony Fincham

May 5, 2016

Follow in the footsteps of Bathsheba, Gabriel Oak, Tess, Jude, Henchard, Eustacia and a host of Thomas Hardy’s other characters to discover his fictional and poetic Wessex.

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At the Birthday Weekend, on 4th June

April 22, 2016

The Thomas Hardy Society Presents: The New Scorpion Band at Dorset County Museum

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Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex

March 29, 2016

This exhibition, curated by Gwen Yarker and at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) in Clifton, Bristol until 12th June, has Hardy at its heart

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The Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition 2016

March 1, 2016

The theme for this year's competition is 'Hardy and Morality'

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ESSE Conference Seminar

November 20, 2015

Desire and « the expressive eye » in Thomas Hardy: ESSE Conference Seminar, Galway, Ireland – 22-26 August 2016

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Thomas Hardy's Musical Heritage from Bonny Sartin

September 28, 2015

The Friends of Weymouth Library are presenting a talk (with, no doubt, songs and music) on Thomas Hardy's Musical Heritage from Bonny Sartin.

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Dorchester Literary Festival 2015

September 25, 2015

First Dorchester Literary Festival: the Hardy Event is at 11.00 on Saturday 24th October.

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We already have Hardy’s homes, let’s support The Big Blake Project!

July 9, 2015

The Blake’s Cottage Fund, led by The Blake Society, aims to raise funds to buy William Blake’s cottage in Felpham and keep it in Trust for the nation.

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New Hardy Players’ 2015 Production

June 30, 2015

Information about the New Hardy Players’ 2015 production, of The Return of the Native

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August Concerts in Dorset with Finzi Settings of Hardy Poems

June 15, 2015

More information on The Wessex Festival 2015

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New Hardy Poems Selection

May 8, 2015

‘Poetry of place’ and experiences in time artistically entwine in this exquisitely illustrated collection of Thomas Hardy’s poems: Places and Other Poems

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Thomas Hardy Talks, 2015

April 14, 2015

Dorset County Museum, the National Trust and the University of Exeter are pleased to present the 2015 Thomas Hardy talks.

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Far From The Madding Crowd

April 14, 2015

Thomas Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd at The Watermill Theatre

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Phyllis Richardson’s House of Fiction

November 19, 2014

Phyllis Richardson’s House of Fiction includes a chapter on Hardy.  Read an extract here...

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New Hardy Players present - Wessex Scenes

July 11, 2014

A drama of the Napoleonic Wars - from Thomas Hardy's "The Dynasts"

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Wind Turbines set to destroy Hardy’s Landscape

June 23, 2014

West Coast Energy have re-submitted their planning application to erect giant wind turbines in Tolpuddle parish in the heart of Hardy Country.

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An Autumn Walk - from Beaminster to Mapperton

May 13, 2014

Meet in Beaminster Square for a 5-mile (approx.) circular walk led by Sue Clarke in the unspoilt countryside of West Dorset’s area of outstanding natural beauty.

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2014 Thomas Hardy Festival & Conference

December 19, 2013

The Twenty-First International Thomas Hardy Conference & Festival

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2013 Thomas Hardy Public Talks Series

March 28, 2013

2013 Thomas Hardy Public Talks Series, organised by Dorset County Museum, the University of Exeter, and the National Trust.

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Save Came View!

March 4, 2013

West Dorset District Council has announced plans for the development of 1,000 houses on the Came View site - the fields south of Max Gate.

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Say NO to Giant Wind Turbines

February 10, 2013

West Coast Energy are in the process of submitting a planning application for the erection of ten 120 metre high wind turbines in the north of Tolpuddle Parish.

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