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Belmont in Lyme Regis after completion of 10-year restoration by The Landmark Trust

Open Day at Author’s Lyme Regis Retreat

After eight years of research and two years of restoration, work on the seaside villa, where author John Fowles lived, has been completed. In celebration, The Landmark Trust are hosting two open days there this weekend (26th and 27th September 2015).

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BurntOut Theatre's performance of Muscovado at Bridport Arts Centre

Play brings back echoes of Dorset’s slaving past

Bridport Arts Centre recently hosted a performance of Muscovado by BurntOut Theatre, a scorching new play about slavery in 19th-century Barbados. Described as “a heady mix of sexual intrigue, piercing choral music and extreme racial tension”, the production offered an unflinching portrayal of life on a sugar plantation in 1808.

Several West Dorset families made fortunes in the slave trade. Bridport historian Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard reflects on the area’s connections to the West Indies.

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